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I would like to know how the IBM "Broadway" cpu in the Nintendo Wii which runs at 729Mhz, is produced in which of 2 ways?

1. Nintendo asked IBM a specification of a what they wanted a cpu to be, and IBM converted some of thier factories to the specially made Wii ones, this is the most expensive way for Nintendo as the cost of converting IBM factories is alot.

2. Nintendo asked IBM for a chip of there choosing, in this case, the 729Mhz IBM G4 cpu, with minimal editing to the chip done, this is the cheapest way for Nintendo as IBM do not have to change there factory/fab's to accomadate for a customer Wii chip.

So which one is it? I am thinking the 2nd one as no editing needs to be done to the chip as it would just cost too much for Nintendo to force IBM to open special Wii factories. If they needed a better cpu they just buy a better IBM chip like the 1.1Ghz one.
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It'll be a laugh if it is a Mac CPU
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It is technically a mac cpu.
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Its not a mac CPU. Its a IBM CPU. Based off of the PowerPC 750FX processor. It was made for running on low voltage and still having the power to do stuff.

And the Xbox 360 runs on 3 IBM G5's. Those are "Mac Processors". Oh wait, Apple now uses Core duo and Core 2 Duo in their computers. Omg Intels are mac processors!!

ok im done. lol.

Anyways you dont convert a fab to make a chip really.. There may be some editing to how the machines work, but nothing big. Its on 90nm which is what IBM is using now, and they are cheap as hell to make the Broadway.
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The Wii is basically a 90nm PowerPC G3, with a die shrink to 65nm within 6 months of launch.

Doesn't matter though. You can have 100 Tri-Core 3.2GHz Xenons in the Xbox 360, but it still can't do this.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=zea6FH1w1Zc
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LOL....it's just a matter of time before EVERY single console has that feature. Nintendo was smart. But, their lead is limited by time.
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Wow, the wii gets my vote.
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Originally Posted by FrankenPC View Post
LOL....it's just a matter of time before EVERY single console has that feature. Nintendo was smart. But, their lead is limited by time.
Yeah, 5+ years.
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Originally Posted by selectodude View Post
The Wii is basically a 90nm PowerPC G3, with a die shrink to 65nm within 6 months of launch.

Doesn't matter though. You can have 100 Tri-Core 3.2GHz Xenons in the Xbox 360, but it still can't do this.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=zea6FH1w1Zc
Absolutely awesome..
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Quote:
Originally Posted by selectodude View Post
The Wii is basically a 90nm PowerPC G3, with a die shrink to 65nm within 6 months of launch.

Doesn't matter though. You can have 100 Tri-Core 3.2GHz Xenons in the Xbox 360, but it still can't do this.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=zea6FH1w1Zc
very true there, I predict the wii will outsell all the consoles this christmas season.
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