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Microsoft preps 65nm GPU for cooler Xbox 360s

Chip process evolution is a usual thing in a console’s lifecycle, but rarely has it been as important as in the case of the Xbox 360.

Known for its relatively hardware fragility, the original design of the Xbox 360 would frequently fall to the “Red Ring of Death” failure, which Microsoft terms as the three flashing red lights. While improvements in cooling and a CPU die shrink to 65nm in the Falcon revision have surely improved the situation, the problematic GPU still sits with its 90nm process.

The 65nm drop for the GPU in the Xbox 360 revision codenamed Jasper isn’t expected until August, a time frame backed up by a report from CENS. Microsoft has contracted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) and Nanya PCB Corp. to build the chips that will ship with the Jasper consoles later this summer.

TSMC will produce the 65nm chips, ASE will package and test them, and Nanya will supply the flip-chip packaging substrates. Microsoft has supposedly booked a production capacity at TSMC estimated to be at around 10,000 300mm wafers.

Inventory of the existing Falcon chips are reportedly depleted, paving the way for the transition to Jasper. The next step for the Xbox 360 console is dubbed “Valhalla,” which will integrate both the GPU and CPU in a single package as a cost-cutting measure, isn’t expected until a year after Jasper.

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Good news...
By ZeroGuardian on 5/9/2008 12:24:08 AM , Rating: 3
Glad to hear that MS is really looking to make this system last. I have one of the original Elites and I have to say that the air coming out of this system is ridiculously hot. But even with the failures and so forth its still my console of choice haven't been bored with it yet.

On a side note, (I usually don't care about such things) but this sentence really bugged me.

Known for its relatively hardware fragility

I think you meant - "Known for its relatively fragile hardware"

RE: Good news...
By Obsoleet on 5/9/2008 3:44:30 AM , Rating: 5
I don't read this site for its perfect spelling and grammar, but I'm about ready to find another tech website due to the abysmal understanding of the English language here.

Honestly, they could pick any of us from the crowd with a university degree that could write up the news better than that.
I normally am not fond of people that bag on spelling/grammar but it almost appears to either be pure stupidity or on purpose with the frequency DT does it.

This won't be a popular comment I know, but its gotten ridiculous. Perhaps it's one writer, but I think it might be all of these guys.
Relatively hardware fragility? I've not only never heard someone say that, but it's so blatantly wrong the writer must not have English as his native tongue. Along with zero editorial checks before publishing so really, the whole DT crew is at fault.

Rate this off topic rant down if you want, but I do require a little professionalism from the websites I visit. Since I am paying them by looking at their ads. This isn't a complaint but advice to try a little harder DT.

Get a native English speaking friend to read over your write ups just once online before you post this stuff. Heck, I'll be happy to read the news and point this stuff out before you submit it.

RE: Good news...
By xphile on 5/9/2008 6:02:00 AM , Rating: 2
I'd say it was a PARTICULARLY popular comment, and I'd rate you up - but I can't give sixes.

Nonetheless the standard of grammar is not the be all and end all; I can live, like you I strongly suspect, with the odd idiosyncrasy here and there: yet this site has indeed in a general sense degradated to a state of that level of grammar being seen as an acceptable norm. And that is what I too, object to.

All that is off topic perhaps - so I will throw in that I think it's high time MS went 65 all the way. If it solves the hardware failures: and it has to at least be a major start, then maybe some of the bad press will start to fall away.

All in all, even with the bad press and the RROD's aplenty - you could never say MS hasn't been in this for the fight all the way.

RE: Good news...
By yacoub on 5/9/2008 8:17:42 AM , Rating: 2
And please don't anyone waste your time replying to his very prescient post just to note grammar mistakes in it. His point is valid.

RE: Good news...
By SiN on 5/9/2008 9:02:13 AM , Rating: 2
I have Dyslexia... I just hope thats spelt right! :D

RE: Good news...
By omnicronx on 5/9/2008 10:27:33 AM , Rating: 1
Although I agree it was definatly a bad use of words, I think you stepped over the line when you called out every single writer on this site. I always love how DT breaks news before anyone else, if this comes at the cost of a few grammatical errors and spelling mistakes so be it. I seriously doubt DT would be the site it is today if they waited an editorial check everytime. Just look at when the article was posted (12AM), I have seen articles posted at 3, 4 , 5 AM.. ever wonder why?

RE: Good news...
By JustTom on 5/9/2008 11:39:05 AM , Rating: 2
I can live with some grammar mistakes; but come on, why should there be any spelling mistakes? Doesn't the staff of Daily Tech have spell checkers? I doubt it would seriously hamper their ability to break news if they ran their text through spell check before posting it.

RE: Good news...
By HeelyJoe on 5/10/2008 7:22:14 PM , Rating: 2
You really think that five minutes to proofread each article is going to make that drastic of a difference?

RE: Good news...
By AlphaVirus on 5/12/2008 11:01:51 AM , Rating: 2
Seriously all it takes to find the errors is having a 2nd pair of eyes read the article. If you try to proofread your own work, you will begin thinking your mistakes are correct. Whereas if you have someone else read them they can point out all the obvious flaws.

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