Broadway
IBM Broadway microprocessor from the inside of a Wii. The reference to Canada in the picture is related to where it was packaged i.e. by IBM Canada in Bromont.
General information
Launched2006
DiscontinuedOctober 22nd, 2013
Designed byIBM and Nintendo
Common manufacturer(s)
Performance
Max. CPU clock rate729 MHz
Cache
L1 cache32/32 kB
L2 cache256 kB
Architecture and classification
ApplicationWii
Technology node90 nm (2006-2007), 65 nm (2007-2013)
MicroarchitecturePowerPC G3
Instruction setPowerPC (PowerPC ISA 1.10)
Physical specifications
Cores
  • 1
GPU(s)Hollywood
Products, models, variants
Variant(s)
History
Predecessor(s)Gekko
Successor(s)Espresso

Broadway is the codename of the 32-bit central processing unit (CPU) used in Nintendo's Wii home video game console. It was designed by IBM, and was initially produced using a 90 nm SOI process and later produced with a 65 nm SOI process.

According to IBM, the processor consumes 20% less power than its predecessor, the 180 nm Gekko used in the GameCube video game console.[1]

Broadway was produced by IBM at their semiconductor development and manufacturing facility in East Fishkill, New York (now owned by GlobalFoundries). The bond, assembly, and test operation for the Broadway module was performed at the IBM facility in Bromont, Quebec. Very few official details have been released to the public by Nintendo or IBM; unofficial reports claim it is derived from the 486 MHz Gekko architecture used in the GameCube and runs 50% faster at 729 MHz.[2]

The PowerPC 750CL, released in 2006, is a stock CPU offered by IBM; it is virtually identical to Broadway, but was provided in multiple clock speed variants (ranging from 400 MHz–1000 MHz.)[3][4][5]

Specifications

External bus

Gallery

Broadway
39X6735, 2006
90 nm, 21×21 mm package
Broadway A
43E4048, 2006-2007
90 nm, 21×21 mm package
Broadway B
43E5070, 2007-2008
65 nm, 21×21 mm package
Broadway-1
48J2662, 2008-2016
65 nm, 15×15 mm package
These images are illustrations and only approximately to scale.

References

  1. ^ IBM (2006). "IBM Ships First Microchips for Nintendo's Wii Video Game System". Retrieved 2006-09-08.
  2. ^ "Wii Technical Specification, Wii". Archived from the original on 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2009-05-29.
  3. ^ "IBM Broadway RISC Microprocessor User's Manual, v0.6" (PDF). p. 61. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-12-04.
  4. ^ "IBM PowerPC 750CL Microprocessor Revision Level DD2.x" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-03.
  5. ^ "IBM PowerPC 750CL RISC Microprocessor User's Manual" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-11-15.
  6. ^ "Wii U CPU |Espresso| die Photo - Courtesy of Chipworks".