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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: Gotta Appreciate The Second Effort
By Aloonatic on 5/9/2008 12:10:07 PM , Rating: 2
That's the sort of post that you I just love DT for and always brings a smile to my face.

A years head start always helps with sales numbers of course, and people having to buy another machine because their old one has died doesn't seem to have done the figures any harm either. (yes, not ever RROD xBox360 was replaced under warranty)

I must admit that the games sales rate does seem a little high when you consider the attachment rates, but again you will notice that they stated per year

There are plenty of games out there to buy if you want to for both consoles (and that other one from Nintendo) and you have the funds.

One last thing, PS3 has (apparently) taken over the xBox in europe, which you could argue is the only even playing field in the "console wars"

No jingoistic purchasing patterns as found in the US and Japan with teh xBox and PS3 respectively.

In Japan the PS3 is kicking the xBox's virtual ass I believe?

I don't really care however, I have all 3 of the latest consoles so it matter's little to me :p

I sleep like a log =D

By omnicronx on 5/9/2008 1:27:59 PM , Rating: 4
In Japan the PS3 is kicking the xBox's virtual ass I believe?
In Japan the Wii is kicking the PS3's and the 360's butt.. They have only sold 2 million PS3s in Japan, considering the success of the PS2, and that Sony is a Japanese company, I would consider that territory a total flop for sony.

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