Comments suggest AMD may be manufacturing chips for upcoming consoles0 Comments
Despite loads of information that seems to confirm its development, Sony is still tight-lipped about the existence of a more powerful version of the PlayStation 4. Even though this PS4K or codename "Neo" console has yet to be officially recognized, recent comments from AMD seem to allude to their involvement with the new unit, which aligns with previous reports stating that the console will specifically make use of AMD technology.
Speaking during a briefing for investors and analysts, AMD CEO Lisa Su made reference to three "design wins" coming out of the company's Semi-Custom unit. Those chips, according to Su's comments, stand to bring in $1.5 billion dollars in revenue for AMD throughout the next few years. Su also mentioned that the company's game console business expects to see a new push in the second half of 2016 that is unrelated to the seasonal swelling of game hardware sales.
"In addition [to the new design wins] we have our current game console business as well," she said. "So when you look at the aggregate of that, we do expect to start ramping that new business in the second half of the year. But we also expect the seasonal uplift of our traditional game console business. So that's adding to what we expect will be a strong year for Semi-Custom overall."
When asked for more details on the new designs, Su stated that she would prefer customers learn more closer to when the products launch. However, since there are three "design win" chips coming from the company, some have speculated that two belong to the upcoming Nintendo NX — having one chip for the console itself and one for the mobile device — while the other chip is housed in Sony's alleged Neo console.
There aren't any clear answers here, and everyone in the know seems to be keeping their mouths shut, but if AMD is involved with the NX in any way, chances are good we'll get a chance to hear more details from Nintendo themselves later this year.
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