Wii Broadway Chip development well underway says IBM, and Nintendo

This is the big news from the 12:01 mystery bonanza. Yeah, it’s not the Megaton, but it’s still very important. Plus, we have less than a week until Nintendo tells all.

IBM announced that their Broadway chip custom-designed for Nintendo’s Wii console has been shipping to Nintendo’s since July. “We have been shipping well within this quarter (July),” said Ron Martino, director of IBM Technology Collaboration Solutions. “In fact, we have shipped a significant volume in this quarter.”

So what does this news mean to gamers who have been waiting patiently for a release date from Nintendo? Well, considering that Nintendo has had their hands on a “significant volume” of one of the major components of their console since July, some might speculate that the Wii could be ready for release sooner than the expected October street date.

When asked to quantify the speed of the Broadway processor, IBM’s Martino compared it to the GameCube. “Compared to the Gekko in the GameCube, it’s 20 percent more power efficient. It also performs significantly better. The key point is that it is Power Architecture-based and custom-made and optimized for Nintendo,” he said (not really answering the question).

My bet is on an October launch. But that’s a whole other speculative post, for some other time (like tomorrow).

Source: Joystiq


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