Nintendo says its newly named Wii console is about the width of three stacked DVD cases and will play single- or double-layered 12-centimeter optical discs, as well as 8-centimeter Nintendo GameCube discs. The Wii system comes with 512 megabytes of internal flash memory, two USB 2.0 ports and built-in Wi-Fi capability. The console contains wireless Internet connections with IEEE 802.11b/g, or with a USB 2.0 LAN adaptor.
Wii will run on a PowerPC CPU, code-named "Broadway," that was developed with IBM, and will include an ATI graphic processor that will support up to 480p resolution. Nintendo says the Wii will launch in the fourth quarter of 2006 and will cost less than $250.
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