Print 104 comment(s) - last by robinthakur.. on May 15 at 5:30 AM

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.

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: question...
By AlphaVirus on 5/12/2008 11:06:16 AM , Rating: 2
does anyone think that sony would have come back with a warranty that would have fixed their HW issues like Microsoft did with their RROD extended warranty???

I don't, Sony seems a bit more smug and probably would have denied the issues and claimed they spent several millions in developing and testing the designs.

MS is taking care of the customers.

RE: question...
By robinthakur on 5/12/2008 5:30:12 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, both are of them are very scared of being perceived as having an unreliable console. You could actually see the effect it had on 360 sales at the time the furore was taking place (I bought mine then though! The PS3 followed the following week) Bottom line is that MS are doing the warranty thing only so it doesn't have to issue a recall. If they did that its game-over for them. The irony that the big N cruised straight by both of them to vistory still makes me crack a smile and reassures me that all's right with the world.

"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki