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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 Rampage on 7/9/2007 6:30:35 PM , Rating: 0
Lack of games. Overall unattractive console with non-industry standard HD format as an "added perk".

Basically, you get to invest in a movie disc format war... with no guarantee you're making the right choice.
And, you get a console with far worse game selection than the 360 and has nothing to match XBLA on top of that.
Quite the bargain.


RE: just me?
By Hawkido on 7/16/2007 1:27:21 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
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*

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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?


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