There’s no doubt the average player cares little about what goes on inside a slot machine so long as it is entertaining to play and spits out jackpots every now and then.
For game designers and manufacturers however, the inner working of gaming machines are of upmost importance, and they are constantly on the prowl for more powerful and better performing platforms that will allow them to create slot experiences that are profitable for player and operator alike.
One company that is leading the charge to improve slot machine mechanics is UK-based Quixant. Established in 2005 with the sole objective of designing and manufacturing advanced technology solutions for the global gaming industry, Quixant creates gaming platforms that have caught the eyes of blue chip slot manufacturers worldwide. The company’s product portfolio is optimized to power the latest generation of gaming machines with exceptionally high reliability and long supply lifetimes.
“We saw a market which was faced with challenges in adopting PC technology to power gaming machines and believed it demanded an expert, trusted supplier of technology solutions which not only provide the PC hardware component, but also the feature set and software required to underpin customers’ games,” said Jon Jayal, chief operating officer at Quixant. “We also introduced monitor solutions to complement the gaming platform products which we were able to develop using our prior experience in display solutions.”
The company’s gaming platforms combine AMD processor and graphics technology with a comprehensive range of gaming hardware and software features which together represent Quixant’s Gaming Ecosystem.
“Quixant has a variety of innovations around security, regulatory feature requirements, mechanical design and software, many of which we have patented,” Jayal said. “Our Gaming Ecosystem is the embodiment of all these innovations—it covers a suite of hardware features, software drivers and libraries, software tools and design philosophies all of which make our solutions very easy to adopt by customers and well-suited to the requirements of the gaming industry.”
Quixant’s Gaming Ecosystem integrates a secure BIOS, PCI Express gaming I/O, NVRAM and communication devices with peripheral device drivers (e.g. for ticket printers, bill acceptors, coin hoppers) and gaming protocols such as SAS 6.02, according to the company’s website. The system enables portability of games to any platform in the range without changing the game software.
“Our highest volume product is the QX-40 which we have sold for many years as a high-end casino gaming platform,” Jayal said. “The flexibility of its design, reliability record and exceptional performance for the price made it very attractive for a variety of customers. We are also already shipping the next generation product to replace the QX-40 in mass production—the QX-50. This offers a performance boost and new features but maintains software compatibility and the same mechanical footprint making it a slide-in replacement. This simple upgrade path is a key design criteria for each generation of Quixant product and is well-received by customers.”
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The company also offers a wide range of gaming monitors that combine high quality panels and touchscreens in an optimized package which not only enables rapid and straightforward integration but also offers exceptional image quality. The standard 15.1-inch air-bonded button deck with PCAP touchscreen is the latest addition to the company’s monitor solutions. Boasting 10 touch-points, a resolution of 1280 x 248 pixels and a viewing angle of 89 degrees, Quixant’s cut-glass button decks are setting the standard in the gaming display market.
These innovative solutions can be customized to integrate buttons and LED backlighting; the top glass can be shaped to any size to meet customer requirements. Equipped with DisplayPort 1.2 and 12 volt inputs, different connectivity options are also available on request. The 15.1-inch button deck display can be supplied with a premium optical-bonded technology, combining a reinforced panel with an enhanced viewing experience.
Having supplied its gaming boards and monitors to manufacturers in the Australian market for almost 10 years, Quixant’s standard and design-for-purpose gaming monitors have made an impact in improving the quality of game content with exceptional color reproduction that brings games to life.
Other solutions offered by the company include the QXi-307, a highly cost-effective, fan-less control board for two screen EGMs. For applications demanding high resolution graphics, the 4K UHD-ready QXi-6000 is capable of driving three displays. The product lineup also includes the QMax-1, with discrete graphic cards that satisfy the most demanding applications, and the newly released QXi-400, which offers strong performance for two screen EGMs. The QXi-400 platform utilizes third-generation AMD G-series SoC technology and can drive up to two screens offering powerful graphics and video performance. With its compatibility with Windows 7, 8 or 10 and Linux OS, the QXi-400 is a versatile option.
“Many customers have recognized the benefits of selecting Quixant as an off-the-shelf provider of purpose-built gaming platform solutions to power their games,” Jayal said. “We continue to attract business from existing customers looking to grow and diversify their game portfolio and also new customers who have previously developed their gaming platforms in-house but are now looking for a regulatory-compliant, outsourced solution that saves them time and R&D spend. We also provide them with great flexibility to port their game to any platform in the Quixant range which span a variety of price points.”