AMD congratulates Nintendo on Wii

— 1:28 PM on November 21, 2006

The Nintendo Wii console has been getting a fair amount of media attention lately—and not just because of broken TVs destroyed by rogue Wii controllers. Three days have passed since the console's introduction in North America, and AMD has now decided to get in on the action by congratulating Nintendo on its launch. Why AMD? As some might recall, the Wii's "Hollywood" graphics chip was designed by ATI. Hence, AMD will now be enjoying the console's anticipated success.

SUNNYVALE, CALIF.-NOV. 21, 2006-AMD (NYSE: AMD) today congratulates Nintendo on the successful launch of the revolutionary Wii(tm) video gaming console. The AMD "Hollywood" graphics processor resulted in Nintendo delivering a brand new level of immersive gameplay and interaction for consumers in North America.

"Nintendo's fresh approach to the way people play video games is generating a tremendous amount of excitement around the world. . . ." said Dave Orton, executive vice president, Visual and Media Business, AMD. "Having powered the graphics in the Nintendo GameCube, AMD is delighted to strengthen its relationship with Nintendo as it drives the next revolution in video games with the Wii."

Dave Orton was ATI's CEO before the AMD acquisition closed on October 25.
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