RENO, Nev., Sep 30, 2004 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- IGT announced today that it will be releasing details of its new SuperSAS protocol next week at Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. The SuperSAS protocol is an Ethernet extension of its current SAS protocol, which will allow support for advanced features such as server based gaming, remote floor configuration, and centralized high speed machine and peripheral program downloads.
"This is a key step in bringing Server Based Gaming to a reality," said Richard Pennington, Executive Vice President, Product Development. "SuperSAS will be the building block for the casino floor of the future. It encompasses the latest in security, encryption, and network technology."
SuperSAS is an evolution of the technology used in SAS 6.01 and is the next step in the 18 years of development for the SAS protocol. "SuperSAS takes a proven feature set that is already working in the field, and expands it for the future," said Ali Saffari, Senior Vice President, Firmware Engineering. "SuperSAS will be beneficial to operators and regulators, as well as the industry at large, just as the SAS protocol has been in the past."
IGT will be providing all of its more than 140 current SAS licensees with evaluation copies of the SuperSAS protocol to allow for review and industry comment. Access to the protocol is available to all existing and future SAS protocol licensees at no cost. Additionally, IGT will be scheduling industry forums to gain input and insight into the needs of all licensed gaming manufacturers, operators, and regulators to ensure that the protocol is usable by all SAS licensees. Finally, to ease the transition to the SuperSAS protocol, IGT plans to provide conformance, simulation and test tools to all SuperSAS protocol licensees at no cost.
IGT, a subsidiary of International Game Technology (NYSE: IGT), is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of microprocessor-based gaming and video lottery products and software systems in all jurisdictions where gaming or video lottery is legal. For more information, go to www.igt.com.
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Rick Sorensen, +1-775-448-8022, Rick.Sorensen@igt.com, or
Connie Fox, +1-702-896-8751, Connie.Fox@igt.com, both of IGT
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