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Fathammer signs development deal with ATI

Finnish publisher to use Imageon graphics hardware

Finnish mobile content producer Fathammer has signed a deal with ATI Technologies to develop new 3D wireless entertainment applications.

Fathammer is billing the deal as an example of its continuing commitment to the growth of the mobile entertainment market. The company's previously published 3D titles include Stuntcar Extreme, Hockey Rage and Toy Golf, and Fathammer also developed the X-Forge 3D game engine and development system.

Although best known for providing visual processor units for PC, Mac and notebook platforms, ATI also has prior experience of the mobile sector. LG's game phone, the LG360, is powered by ATI technology designed to help wireless devices run high performance content and applications. Fathammer will specifically make use of ATI's Imageon graphics hardware.

"3D games are a very important part of the future of mobile gaming. Our current 3D titles are already immensely popular with consumers and carriers," said Fathammer CEO Matti Airas.

"By working with ATI, a leader in the 3D space, we will continue to offer the most sophisticated games for wireless, with enhanced graphics and better frame rates."

ATI's Neal Robison commented: "The mobile market is just waiting for the kind of compelling 3D content that Fathammer develops that in turn takes advantage of the hardware capabilities of today's ATI graphics chips."

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