IBM announced that the microprocessors that will serve as the digital heartbeat of Nintendo’s upcoming Wii video game console are being shipped from East Fishkill, N.Y, facility.
Earlier this year, IBM and Nintendo signed a multi-year microchip production agreement to support the upcoming launch of Nintendo’s anticipated Wii video game console. The chip, code-named “Broadway,” will deliver experiences not previously possible on video game consoles.
“The first chips are in our possession,” said Genyo Takeda, Senior Managing Director/General Manager, Integrated R & D Division, Nintendo Co., Ltd. “Today’s milestone marks the final stage of our drive to reach both core and nontraditional gamers with an inviting, inclusive and remarkable gaming experience.”
IBM will produce millions of fully tested, Power Architecture-based chips featuring IBM Silicon on Insulator (SoI) technology at 90 nanometers. The chip is being produced at IBM’s 300mm semiconductor development and manufacturing facility in East Fishkill, N.Y.
Silicon on Insulator technology from IBM helps deliver to Nintendo a generous improvement in processing power while achieving a 20 percent reduction in energy consumption.
“The IBM team has worked hard to design, develop and deliver this customized Power microprocessor for the worldwide launch of Nintendo’s new system,” said Ron Martino, director, IBM Technology Collaboration Solutions. “When millions of gamers take the controls of Wii this holiday season, the IBM logo will once again be front and center on this innovative new product.”