Engineers at IBM (www.ibm.com) have recently squeezed performance
gains out of their new 64-bit Power PC processors by using silicon to insulate
the transistors, and by replacing the aluminum wiring with highly conductive
copper. But until now, the only customers who've enjoyed the higher performance
have been those using the high-end servers for business and Internet
applications and CFD calculations.
At a Tokyo trade show Thursday, the video game company Nintendo
(http://www.nintendo.com) announced it was
supercharging its latest releases with the fast chips, code-named "Gekko."
Nintendo will use the chips in its powerful GAMECUBE console.
The machine packs a 405-MHz processor and 40 Mbytes of memory into
a slim 6 x 6 x 4.3-inch box. The GAMECUBE packs storage media onto a 1.5 GB, 8
cm-diameter, Matsushita optical disk, and features accessories like a 56K modem
and wireless controls. It launches in Japan in July 2001, and in North America
three months later. For specs on the GAMECUBE check http://www.nintendo.com/spaceworld/ngc_specs.html.
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