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Nintendo 'Revolution' to take place mid-2006

Memory supplier spills the beans

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Nintendo's Revolution console, its answer to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, will ship mid-2006, a component supplier has revealed.

Everyone knows IBM is supplying Nintendo with processor technology, while ATI is contributing Revolution's graphics engine. Less well known is MoSys - aka Monolithic Systems - which provides the console's embedded memory, via NEC.

MoSys CEO Mark Voll, speaking this week during the company's Q1 FY2005 earnings conference, confirmed the company is working with Nintendo on Revolution, Gamesindustry.biz reports. Furthermore, "Nintendo will roll out its successor game console to the GameCube in mid-2006".

Whoops.

everyone was expecting this kind of date. Nintendo staffers have, in the past, criticised Microsoft for bringing its next-generation Xbox to market too early - to whit, late 2005 - and ahead of the cycle. Sony's PS3 is expected to ship in round about a year, and Revolution's release date has always been anticipated to be much the same as the PS3's.

Sony and Nintendo are both expected to discuss their next-generation consoles next week, ahead of the E3 games trade show in Los Angeles. Insiders claim that Nintendo's coverage of Revolution will be rather more subdued than Sony's, being restricted to footage of in-game action rather than a full unveiling of the kind Sony is expected to make.

Meanwhile, according to Chinese-language website Unika.com, Revolution will contain four 2.5GHz G5-class IBM PowerPC processors, each with 128KB of L1 cache and 512KB of L2. ATI's contribution is a dual-core RN520 chip, with 16MB of in-package frame buffer DRAM. ®

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