AMD Ships 50 Millionth 'Hollywood' GPU In Wii

AMD Ships 50 Millionth 'Hollywood' GPU In Wii

While AMD's dedicated chip sales may be sagging, the company has still found reason to celebrate. With the success of the Wii comes the inevitable success of AMD, at least in small part. Today, Advanced Micro Devices proudly announced that the 50 millionth ATI 'Hollywood' graphics processor has shipped from Nintendo today, and if you're having difficulty piecing this all together, 'Hollywood' is the GPU housed with the Wii gaming console.

With this milestone shipment, 'Hollywood' has become the most successful AMD game console chip in the history of AMD game console chips. Genyo Takeda, general manager of Integrated Research and Development at Nintendo, had some pretty fond words to say about AMD in relation to the announcement: "Nintendo values its ongoing relationship with AMD. AMD’s graphics technology expertise as displayed in the ATI ‘Hollywood’ chip is a great part of the momentum of Wii. Our combined efforts help deliver entertaining experiences to create many smiling faces in living rooms around the world."

It's sort of funny, actually. Maybe bashed Nintendo's latest console when it set out to rival the high-powered PlayStation 3 and the respectably potent Xbox 360 with less-than-top-notch graphics. To this day, it's still the only next-gen game console that can't truly deliver high definition graphics. Thankfully for AMD, it seems that the public at large isn't too concerned about graphics alone when it comes to the Wii.
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Good stuff to hear from strugling AMD.

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Good news for IBM as well. Actually, this last round it didn't matter which console won, IBM won no matter what. For those that don't know, Intel makes the CPU for every current generation major console on the market. CELL for the PS3, a triple core PPC variant for the XBox 360, and the "Broadway" CPU in the Wii.

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