“War breaks out again in the video game business this week as Microsoft Corp. , Sony Corp. and Nintendo Co. all take the wraps off their next-generation game consoles. But the biggest winner may be IBM Corp.,” Bob Keefe writes for The Atlanta Journal Constitution. “For the first time ever, all three gaming consoles — Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Nintendo’s Revolution and the successor to Sony’s PlayStation 2 — will be powered by microprocessors from a single company, IBM.”
“IBM designed the chips , each different and unique, primarily in Austin, Texas, where about 6,500 people work mainly in software, hardware and semiconductor design. The chips will be produced at IBM’s East Fishkill, N.Y., factory and by third-party suppliers overseas if needed,” Keefe writes. “IBM is well-known within the semiconductor industry for cutting-edge chips. Its PowerPC chips also are used in the Mars rover vehicles, some of the most sophisticated business workstations and Apple Computer [Macintosh] machines. But the game consoles will take IBM chips more mainstream.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The AIM alliance (between Apple Computer, IBM and Motorola) was formed in 1991 to create a new computing standard based on the PowerPC architecture. To the many people who have already written off the PowerPC: you jumped the gun, it’s time to take another, closer look at what’s happening in microprocessors today.