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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 robinthakur on 5/15/2008 5:30:33 AM , Rating: 2
I'm not a fanboi, I own all three consoles. I have the 360 sitting next to the PS3 and can give an accurate account of my experience of both. Why so defensive of MS and the 360 Reclaimer77? You've shown such overwhelming confidence in the product that you don't even own one? As such I think you're the biggest hypocrite on this site. When I state that I find the console unreliable and loud it is based on fact, it is not a made up percentage. The stats absolutely don't matter if you've paid a not inconsiderable amount for a console that 33% (roughly) of the time does not work as it should. MS refuses to fix it under warranty, and i'm unlikely to purchase a second one. MS fanbois are just as annoying as PS3 fanbois its just that there aren't as many PS3 fanbois since the launch flopped so badly that it was obvious even to them. Its just that MS fanbois include alot of the demographic which used to buy PC games and are generally mouthy teens from the US. The actual failure figures are only anecdotally known because MS refused to release or confirm them. For them to have taken the drastic action they took re the warranty and also for Bill to mention it, it was a serious problem.

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