The largest Nintendo chip manufacturer is ready to supply 1GB to 8GB ROM chips.
The memory size for Nintendo 3DS cartridges will range from one to eight gigabytes, reports major Taiwanese newspaper China Times.
Macronix, the largest worldwide ROM product manufacturer, and also the largest supplier of ROM chips for Nintendo, has completed a production line for 1GB to 8GB ROM chips, ready to match a range of requirements, such as for Nintendo 3DS cartridges. This is in response to market reports regarding 3D game requirements, indicating that storage for the 3DS will need to be 1GB or greater.
The 8GB cartridges will increase storage capacity from the Nintendo DS by 16 times. The largest cartridge in use for the DS is 512MB (4 gigabit), as used in titles including Level-5's Ni No Kuni.
Recent financial reports indicate that the fourth quarter of 2010 has resulted in a revenue drop for Macronix, as Nintendo has adjusted orders in preparation for the 3DS launch.