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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: Price cut?
By MGSsancho on 7/10/2007 5:44:22 AM , Rating: -1
your talking about the original xbox. nvidia made the xbox1 GPU. ATI (now AMD) made the current one. and MS learned their lesson this time, they bought all the rights to everything in the 360. they even made their own awesome upscaling chip ANNA. The original 360 revision has nothing to do what so ever with IP or anything. It was simply an old one that needed up dating.

I will assume MS engineers use use this opportunity to re-haul everything under the hood. there was a DT article not to long ago where MS engineers expressed they had designs to fix the heat problems but do to mass manufacturing and what not, they had to wait for a major revision to do anything.


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