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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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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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