Nintendo 3DS to Come Powered by Armada Chips

August 25, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Marvell, the US chip company, has hinted that the company’s Armada processors will be powering a new portable gaming platform. The company  revealed that it  has made deals with a major customer to launch a new gaming platform. He said that about 15% of the increase in quarterly sales was due to the initial production revenue from their Armada processors, primarily as a result of a major customer preparing to launch a new gaming platform.

As mobile and wireless accounts for around a third of Marvell’s total revenue, around $300 million in Q2 FY2011, this means the initial production revenue from this one client was worth around $20 million. But there was no official confirmation on which company that they have made deals with. The only possibility is the Nintendo’s 3DS which is the only formally announced new gaming platform and will be out before March 2011. So a Marvell Armada design could be used alongside the already confirmed Pico200 graphics.

There is less possibility that Sony might be launching a PSP sequel this fall. Other major electronics firms are also not suspected of producing a new game system anytime in the near future.

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