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Old 09-20-2002, 07:40 AM   #1
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IBM to Announce 10,000,000 Gekko Processors Shipped

IBM will announce tomorrow that it has shipped 10 million Gekko processors for Nintendo GameCube. Gekko, a customized 485 MhZ PowerPC processor based on IBM's .18 micron copper wire technology, is the result of a $1 billion multi-year contract between Nintendo and IBM.

The 'Gekko' processor, based on IBM's PowerPC, reaches the 10-million mark in the same week that Sony reports its 40-millionth PS2 sale
IBM plans to announce Friday that it has shipped its 10 millionth processor for Nintendo's GameCube console.

The Japanese game giant uses a customised version of IBM's PowerPC processor, dubbed "Gekko," for the GameCube. The console, which was introduced in Japan a year ago, was one of the first consumer-electronics devices to advertise the presence of IBM components.

IBM Microelectronics has been working to spread adoption of its PowerPC chip, encouraging manufacturers to use it as the basis for devices ranging from printers to network routers.

Nintendo reported sales of 3.8 million GameCube units at the end of its last fiscal year, 30 March, and said it expects to have sold 16 million by the end of the current fiscal year(March 2003).

Rival Sony announced this week that it has sold 40 million of its PlayStation2 game machines. The PS2 is powered by the "Emotion Engine," a custom processor designed by Sony in conjunction with electronics conglomerate Toshiba.

Pulling up third in the game-console race is Microsoft's Xbox, which uses a standard version of Intel's Pentium III processor for PCs. Microsoft reported worldwide sales of four million Xbox units as of 30 June. The company expects worldwide sales of 9 million to 11 million by the end of its current fiscal year, 30 June, 2003.

While IBM partnered with Nintendo on the GameCube, it's also working with Sony on a chip that is likely to power the next version of the PlayStation. The Cell processor is being jointly developed by IBM, Sony and Toshiba, who have touted it as a "supercomputer on a chip."
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Old 09-20-2002, 04:36 PM   #2
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any idea how many cards nvidia has shipped out for xbox or if the trial with microsoft has affected production?
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