AMD and Nintendo to work together for the NX according to a new report. For AMD, the partnership could generate “a billion” dollars in sales.
Nintendo’s mystery gaming console has hit the headlines once again after the CEO of AMD on Friday announced something about a semi-custom chips design that could generate “a billion dollars in sales.”
In a nutshell, the Sunnyvale-based Advanced Micro Devices may be building a new processor for the Nintendo NX — a Venturebeat article has revealed.
Many of the reports about AMD before the weekend were about its ability to generate revenue in the midst of the PC decline, but GamesBeat’s Dean Takahashi has decided to focus on CEO Lisa T. Su’s statement about AMD’s new chips contract.
According to the report, Su confirmed on Friday that the company had won a new semi-custom chip design contract, and Takahashi believes that the CEO was referring to the “beyond gaming” semi-custom chip first mentioned by AMD’s CFO Devinder Kumar in December.
AMD provides the chips in the Nintendo Wii U (GPU), the PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One.
The Xbox One and the PS4, the top two consoles in the market today, are using AMD’s x86 architecture, while the Wii U is using IBM’s PowerPC multi-core processor.
Buying processors from AMD, instead of designing its own chip, is a win-win strategy for Nintendo. It will be cost-effective and will benefit both the consumers and game developers, to say the least.
Nintendo NX release, and other bells and whistles
Earlier this month, the semi-accurate suppliers-focused news website Digitimes.com reported that the Nintendo NX will join the market by July 2016. Citing its sources positioned inside Nintendo’s partner manufacturers, the site claims the “pilot production” of the NX will start in October, and the “full production phase” in March, next year.
Nintendo is reportedly targeting 20 million shipments.
The mysterious NX also hit the headlines in May after a Japanese newspaper reported that the console will run on Android. In case you’re wondering, Android is the mobile operating system of Google Inc., it can run on smartphones, tablet computers and convertibles.
In June, Nintendo’s spokesman has told the Wall Street Journal that there’s “no truth” to the reports that it’s planning to use Android.
Credit: Featured image shows the white Nintendo Wii U Basic Pack. Image courtesy of Nintendo Of America.
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