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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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By omnicronx on 5/9/2008 1:22:33 PM , Rating: 2
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I bought one PS3 and I expect to never have to buy a new one.
I just wanted a few people to know something very interesting. My PS3 died a month ago, less than 2 months after I bought it. Turned it on one day and it would not read any discs. So i got Sony to send me a purilator package to send it back thinking this was just a random disc failure incident.

My friend happens to work at a purilator plant it was being shipped too so I asked him to deliver to the plant for me. Randomly we got into a conversation about the 360 and I started joking with him asking how many boxes come through a week. He said there were quite a few, but surprisingly there were also a lot of broken PS3's comming through also. He 'guesstimated' that for for every three 360's one PS3 came in.

What I also found intriguing is when I told the service representative my problem, she asked which SKU I had, and before I could answer she said 40? I did not think anything of it at the time, but apparently a lot of the consoles comming back were indeed the 40G sku..

Moral of the story the PS3 can fail too, although its much less likely than the 360. As for the PS2.. I think you forgot that almost every launch red box PS2 had disc read issues. Not one person I know that bought a red box PS2 had it for more than a year. In fact I know some poeple that went through 3-4 PS2's..


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