任天堂Wii U能否拯救瑞萨电子?

上网时间: 2012年12月05日? 作者:Junko Yoshida? 我来评论 【字号: ? ?小】

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Yoshida in Japan: Can Wii U save Renesas?

Junko Yoshida

TOKYO -- I’m not an avid gamer (well, I’m not a gamer at all, unless you count Scrabble). But I am keen to find out how Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U launch will fare. It goes on sale in the U.S. on Nov. 18, in Europe and Australia on Nov. 30 and here on Dec. 8.

Why should I care? Because Renesas Electronics has a lot riding on the Wii U launch.

Although no teardown specialists have worked on the Wii U yet, we know Nintendo is using a multichip module (MCM) containing both a multicore CPU and GPU along with on-chip memory on a single substrate. The MCM integrates IBM’s CPU die based on its 45-nm process technology and a Renesas-manufactured AMD’s GPU die.

Combining dies manufactured by different companies on a single component has been done before. It’s no cakewalk. But the challenge is paying off for Nintendo’s engineering team. The MCM reduces latency and power consumption while reducing the overall size of the hardware – Nintendo's primary goal.

Some of Wii U’s internal hardware and design challenges were discussed on Nintendo's Web site in a video segment in which company president Satoru Iwata interviewed Nintendo's chief game and hardware designers.

Renesas hasn't confirmed its design win for Nintendo’s next-generation game machine. Nintendo did mention that Renesas received “a large-scale SoC custom order from the amusement sector” during a conference call on its quarterly financial results.

Only bright spot for Renesas?

The Nintendo design win is a testament to the engineering expertise of the former NEC Electronics’ team. NEC Electronics, before its merger with Renesas, was responsible for the production of GPUs for Nintendo GameCube and Wii.

The Wii U design win is one of the few bright spots for Renesas on an otherwise bleak horizon. The European electronics industry is facing prolonged debt worries while the Chinese market continues to slow. China sales for Japanese car makers, a key Renesas clients, have been hit by a popular backlash against Japanese products after a territorial dispute flared up again.

Renesas’ Q2 financial results that ended Sept. 30 already incorporated the sales of GPUs for Nintendo’s Wii U. Compared to Q1, sales of SoCs in the Q2 jumped 20.6 percent to 55 billion yen from 34.4 billion yen. Most of the increase is believed to come from GPUs for Nintendo.

Renesas Electronics Semiconductor Sales

Source: Renesas Electronics

Q2 semiconductor sales improved by 22%, driven by large custom projects like SoCs

Renesas said it continues to expect sales of custom SoCs in the gaming segment to increase.

All bets are off, of course, if Wii U turns out to be a dud.


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