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Wii chipsIBM says it has begun shipping a PowerPC CPU, code-named "Broadway," that was developed with Nintendo for its next-gen gaming console.
While the exact launch date and price is still not set, Nintendo hopes to release Wii in the United States before the Christmas with a price tag under $250. Nintendo plans to give more details at a Sept. 14 press event.
IBM Test Engineer Jim Myers (left) inspects a tray of Nintendo chip modules at the company's Burlington, Vermont Test Center.
WiiThe Nintendo Wii, powered by an IBM CPU and ATI graphics, will not be as powerful as its two main competitors, Microsoft's already-released Xbox 360 and Sony's upcoming Playstation 3.
The Xbox 360 is able to render graphics up to 720p (lines of detail) and the Playstation 3 plans graphics up to 1080p, while the Wii will output at 480p. Nintendo plans to compete with a lower system price and its unique controller.