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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: question...
By AlphaVirus on 5/12/2008 10:57:53 AM , Rating: 2
It's cooling system was state of the art

State of the art? Its no different than any other cooling system, it has a fan and some heat sink fins. It does not overheat, which is great, but it's far from state of the art.
- heat issues have created an aftermarket of add-on coolers.

I actually have an aftermarket cooler from Nyko that attaches to the back and side of the PS3 and it has an adjustable fan throttle (5 fans). I would not say this was from heat issues but precaution. I would hate for $600 to go down the drain from poor handling of equipment.
Keep in mind the PS3's power supply IS INSIDE the PS3, not outside in a brick like the 360.

It's funny you mentioned this because I still am surprised at how the PS3 is not much bigger than the 360 yet it has the 'brick' inside. However Sony managed to pull this off, I applaud them for it.
If Microsoft DID NOT extend their warranty to 3 years, they would have lost even MORE money on lawsuits

But at least MS DID extend the warranty to 3 years. That is very generous because some people might never have a RROD or heat issues but 2 years the drive might blow out, or the brick might explode, and its a good thing knowing you are covered.

Although I am not afraid of any issues from my PS3, I would be more than excited if they offered a FREE 3 year warranty.

RE: question...
By Pryde on 5/13/2008 2:05:53 AM , Rating: 2
3 year warranty only covers RROD, rest of console is 1 year and accessories are 90 days.

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