AMD could be making the processer for Nintendo’s NX console

By Shabana Arif, Friday, 17 July 2015 16:35 GMT

AMD has been developing semi-custom chip designs and speculation is rife that one of these just might be for Nintendo’s NX console.


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Nintendo has already partnered with AMD for the GPU in the WiiU, so rumours that their next console could have an AMD processor isn’t so far fetched.

Back in December last year, at the Raymond James Financial technology conference, Devinder Kumar – chief financial officer of AMD – mentioned that the company had two semi-custom chips in development. One of the chips was described as being made for a “beyond gaming device,” leaving us to infer that the other would be for a console or something game-related at the very least.

He was quoted by kitguru.net as saying, “I will say that one [design win] is x86 and [another] is ARM, and at least one will [be] beyond gaming, right. But that is about as much as you going to get out me today. From the standpoint [of being] fair to [customers], it is their product, and they launch it. They are going to announce it and then […] you will find out that it is AMD’s APU that is being used in those products.”

And now today, AMD chief executive Lisa Su has confirmed a third semi-custom chip contract for a project potentially worth a billion dollars in sales, according to venturebeat via nintendolife.

AMD isn’t without financial troubles so this could be a lucrative deal – provided the NX takes off.

Is this what they’ve been working on? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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