Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd and Nintendo Co Ltd said on Wednesday that Matsushita would develop and supply digital video disc (DVD) media and drive devices for Nintendo’s next-generation game console.
Nintendo also said its new console would use microprocessors made by International Business Machines Corp (IBM – news). Matsushita and Nintendo said they agreed on wide-ranging collaboration in digital network home electronics, based on the DVD platform. The two companies said they will cooperate on products that incorporate game-machine and digital audio-video technologies.
Nintendo’s next game machine will use a 400Mhz IBM chip as its central processor and a 200Mhz chip designed by ArtX Inc of the United States for graphics. Adding game entertainment and network functions to DVD-based products could lead to new DVD applications, Matsushita said in a statement.