Wii U Tech Specs

Wii U CPU and GPU


●CPU: IBM multi-core processor

■The Wii U CPU is designed by IBM. It is described by IBM as an "all-new, Power-based microprocessor"
Allegedly clocked at 1.24 GHz
Said to have 3 cores
■Manufactured at 45 nm with an eDRAM cache
■Neither Nintendo nor IBM has confirmed the number of cores, clock rate, or cache sizes. They have only made vague references to the chip containing "a lot" of eDRAM and "the same processor technology found in Watson"
■The Wii U CPU will be produced by IBM at their 300 mm semiconductor manufacturing facility in East Fishkill, New York

●GPU: Custom AMD Radeon High Definition GPU

Allegedly clocked at 550 MHz
■Nintendo has not confirmed clock speed


●Basic model: 8 GB Internal flash memory, expandable via SD memory cards and USB hard disk drives
●Premium model: 32 GB Internal flash memory, expandable via SD memory cards and USB hard disk drives
●Slot-loading optical disc drive compatible with 12 cm "proprietary high-density optical discs" (25GB per layer) and 12 cm Wii optical discs

Ports and peripheral capabilities

●SD memory card slot (supports SDHC cards)
●USB 2.0 ports -2 on the front of the console, 2 in back
●Sensor Bar power port
●"AV Multi Out" port
●HDMI 1.4 out port

Wii U GamePad

●Built-in 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope
●Speakers and Microphone
●Front-facing camera
●IR Sensor strip
●6.2 inch (15.7 cm) 16:9 resistive touchscreen
●Two clickable analog sticks and one D-pad
●Select, Start, Home and Power buttons
●A/B/X/Y face buttons
●L/R bumper buttons
●ZL/ZR trigger buttons
●Controller sync button

The Wii U is backwards compatible with the following accessories:

●Wii Remote
●Wii Remote Plus
●Wii Nunchuk
●Classic Controller
●Wii Balance Board


●576i (PAL Only)
●480p, 480i, standard 4:3 and 16:9 anamorphic widescreen
●AV Multi Out" port supporting:
     ■composite video
     ■YPBPR component video
     ■S-Video (NTSC consoles only)
     ■RGB SCART (PAL consoles only)
     ■D-Terminal (Japan only)
●HDMI 1.4 out port supporting stereoscopic 3D images


●"AV Multi Out" port. Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI