IBM has announced that production of the Wii´s CPU, codenamed Broadway, is well underway. According to both Joystiq and Kotaku, Nintendo has already received a significant shipment, which would enable them to launch the console much earlier than expected.
"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."
The articles also quote Martino as noting that Broadway consumes 20% less energy than its predecessor, the Gamecube´s Gekko.
Now, the fact that both news sites announced this story some seven hours in advance (Kotaku admittedly taking inevitable reader anticipation down a peg or two) made me actually set my alarm clock to the merciless time of 6am. I barely staggered out of bed and switched on my PDA, only to find this story.
While I quickly drifted back to sleep for a few hours (having decided this didn´t need posting until I had counted another few herds of digital sheep) I felt relieved that it was, after all, good news for Nintendo. Earlier stories about production line difficulties concerning the controller are still around. But this news item shows that Nintendo is confident enough about their production efforts on the whole.
Also, Nintendo´s emphasis on low-power hardware shows how important the WiiConnect24 feature will be to the console. Either that, or it may further fuel my suspicion that the Wii will have some portable use, as well.
Source: Joystiq, Kotaku
Thanks to: Carson