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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 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.

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