IBM Confirms Development, Shipping of Nintendo Wii Chips

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Our homedawgs over at Kotaku pulled a Gizmodo and had some super secret info saved up for a midnight post. So what's the big deal? IBM has confirmed that they have began shipping the "Broadway" chips for the Nintendo Wii to the fabrication plant in New York City ... three weeks ago. So what does all of this mumbo jumbo mean? Basically, Nintendo has start producing Wii's, meaning the release date may be sooner than expected.

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The chips are being produced at IBM's 300mm semiconductor development and manufacturing plant in East Fishkill (what the hell kind of a city name is that?), New York—ironically, the same plant that is producing the PS3 chips. Hit up the Kotaku link below for more juicy details straight from the horse's Crecente's mouth.

Wii Chip Shipment Started About 3 Weeks Ago [Kotaku]

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I see a lot of people getting vastly overexcited about this 'news' (for all Wii info in fact) and I don't know why. I don't make game consoles so perhaps I'm unqualified to say, but I really don't see how the manufacturing of chips for the last three weeks can be translated into an early release for the entire Wii. If I WAS making a console, i'd make sure I had a solid supply of my CPU going before I even began fabricating mainboards, putting together volumes of my controller, etc.

Late November is what I've heard for the release date. Even late October is not 2 months away. I cannot see any large amounts - as you'd expect for a console launch - of Wii's ready in that time. I suspect even late November is pushing it, but pushing it is what these people do (see 360 launch and current PS3 debacle). They may have hundreds of thousands and rising, sitting in warehouses throughout October, but that is not a launch, that is preparing for launch demand. October seems too much of a push. Especially for Nintendo, who tend to approach these things in a more sensible, prepared fashion than MS or Sony have this time around.

To me this news, at this time, merely indicates and was intended to indicate that Nintendo are not suffering from similar problems as Sony has, and production is progressing smoothly. It feels like a jab at Sony's misfortune; "Production problems huh? Just look at what we've got!". Why else reveal what is really three week old 'news' regarding production right now, immediately following such a black day in Sony's PS3 campaign?