In what’s seen as a move to further reiterate Nintendo’s plans for a smooth launch, International Business Machines Corp. revealed last night that it has begun shipping the microchip titled Broadway for the Wii console.
It appears that the chip itself has been shipping to Nintendo since July according to Joystiq who interviewed Ron Martino, director of IBM Technology Collaboration Solutions, he stated “We have been shipping well within this quarter (July); in fact, we have shipped a significant volume in this quarter.”
When questioned about the speed of the Broadway processor Martino made comparisons to the Gamecube processor Gekko; “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”.
With Nintendo having had hold of the main processing chip since July it’s theoretically possible that the Wii may launch sooner than expected, though full details of both the launch date and pricing for the Japanese, American and European territories is expected to be revealed September 14th-15th respectively.