IBM has confirmed that its microprocessors used to power the supercomputer “Watson,” will also power Nintendo’s upcoming eighth generation console, Wii U. Earlier this year, “Watson” defeated the top earners of all time on Jeopardy (Ken Jennings and Bruce Rutter), handily.
“The all-new, Power-based microprocessor will pack some of IBM’s most advanced technology into an energy-saving silicon package that will power Nintendo’s brand new entertainment experience for consumers worldwide. IBM’s unique embedded DRAM, for example, is capable of feeding the multi-core processor large chunks of data to make for a smooth entertainment experience.
IBM plans to produce millions of chips for Nintendo featuring IBM Silicon on Insulator (SOI) technology at 45 nanometers (45 billionths of a meter). The custom-designed chips will be made at IBM’s state-of-the-art 300mm semiconductor development and manufacturing in East Fishkill, N.Y.”
IBM and Nintendo have maintained a relationship for over a decade, with the two companies first working together on the GameCube.
The Wii U is scheduled to released in 2012.
Analysis: I’m not sure if I should be excited, or afraid. I mean, really? The Watson supercomputer? Does this mean Wii U will calculate when I’ve been playing it too much and do an automatic shutdown, sending me to bed in the process? It’s no wonder Iwata stated that Wii U wouldn’t be cheap.
As a gamer, I guess I should be excited. I’m no math wiz, but it sounds like Wii U is capable of some serious calculations. Nintendo hasn’t said much in regards to just how powerful Wii U will be, but this latest bit of news may give us a slight idea of what to expect from the new console – math lessons.