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"Yippee-ki-yay, Mr. Falcon." Microsoft prepares 65nm chips for Xbox 360

When it comes to Microsoft's Xbox 360, Dean Takahashi always seems to have the inside scoop. He was the first to spill the beans on Xbox 360 IPTV and provided confirmation on the existence of the Xbox 360 Elite.

Today, Takahashi confirmed that Microsoft's upcoming 65nm die shrink for the Xbox 360's microprocessor and GPU is codenamed "Falcon." Takahashi reports that Microsoft is currently qualifying the new Falcon chips along with a redesigned motherboard. The 65nm-equipped Xbox 360s are due to hit store shelves this fall.

The new chips are not only smaller and roughly 50 percent cheaper to produce than their 90nm counterpart, but they are also cooler. Cooler-running chips coupled with a revised cooling solution would go a long way to eradicating the Xbox 360’s fatal flaw: the Red Ring of Death (RROD).

Heat has been a big problem with the Xbox 360 and has been the root cause of RROD cases around the globe. Microsoft has countered the RROD failures by increasing the warranty of the console, adding various "warranty enhancements" and beefed up cooling solutions on new production Xbox 360 units.

Microsoft ultimately caved in to mounting pressure from the Xbox 360 community on RROD failures and announced a $1 billion initiative to service Xbox 360s afflicted with the problem and extended warranty coverage for those machines to three years.

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RE: just me?
By SirLucius on 7/9/2007 2:34:30 PM , Rating: 2
As far as I know the extended warranty only covers the RRoD. I know there were several people that were concerned that the warranty didn't cover disc errors since they are apparently just as common. Luckily my brothers 360 hasn't had any problems (knock on wood), and I've only known one person that's gotten a RRoD.

On a separate note, once these new "Falcon" 360's come out, I might pick up my own Elite. Although right now I'm leaning towards the PS3 once the price drops.

RE: just me?
By zombiexl on 7/9/2007 2:37:55 PM , Rating: 2
I have a 360 + HD-DVD and a Wii and I'm considering the PS3 after this drop as well. You really cant beat it for a media player.

Although, if you are looking for lots of games you may wait to see what MS does to the 360 prices (they have to do something) because they do have a nice catalog of games.

RE: just me?
By geeg on 7/9/07, Rating: -1
RE: just me?
By Sparke on 7/9/2007 4:37:21 PM , Rating: 2
Lots of problems? Like what? It's difficult to find any negatives when it comes to the PS3 hardware. The return\RMA rate is ridiculously low.

RE: just me?
By MrPickins on 7/9/2007 4:42:51 PM , Rating: 2
ps3's have a lot of problems as well.

From what I hear PS3's have a much lower failure rate than the 360.

What problems are you referring to?

RE: just me?
By Rampage on 7/9/07, Rating: 0
RE: just me?
By Hawkido on 7/16/2007 1:27:21 PM , Rating: 2
Overall unattractive console

That's an opinion, some share it. I happen to like the gloss black, if only they could have made it dust repellant *SIGH*

non-industry standard HD format

LOL Blu-RAY has more Block buster movies out on it (pun intended) and more film studios support it and it is currently winning in sales (tho just barely). That makes it a Non-Industry Standard? It is a recognized industry standard standard, you do know that, RIGHT?

RE: just me?
By bkm32 on 7/10/2007 12:21:12 PM , Rating: 2
OK, that's enough. MS shills, you may leave, now.

RE: just me?
By omnicronx on 7/9/2007 2:55:31 PM , Rating: 2
I wasnt really worried about warrenty as i bought mine off ebay for 450CAD 5 months after release (it was new/sealed but serial was cut out). I was more wondering why so many articles have come out in the past month about '30% defect rate' and not once has it mentioned anything other than RROD, i just wonder if these are included in those numbers??
I guess disc unreadable some of the time isnt considered a failed xbox but it would be interesting to know if with those included if the xbox's fail rate would be higher.. maybe closer to 40 or 50% heh

RE: just me?
By SirLucius on 7/9/2007 3:00:10 PM , Rating: 2
I know that some people have had the disc problem fixed under Microsoft warranty, but I think they had really bad cases. It doesn't seem like Microsoft is treating the disc errors like the RRoD though. I think people tend to be SOL.

RE: just me?
By Rockjock51 on 7/10/2007 3:06:34 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft fixed my read errors without much trouble... just called them and said I couldn't play anything cause the DVD drive wouldn't read nearly anything I put in it. They ran through their usual stupid routine .. "Have you restarted the console?" and then let me send it in.

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