Xbox 360 to get 65 nm processor in 2007

By Derek Sooman on April 24, 2006, 6:09 PM
Microsoft has seemingly reached an agreement with Chartered Semiconductor to provision the Xbox 360 with a 65 nm processor in 2007. This will provide the console with a more powerful and less power-hungry processor. Tech specs for the chip have yet to be announced, but it should be based on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology.

"We look forward to working with Chartered on the production of such an important component of our Xbox 360 system," said Larry Yang, General Manager of Xbox console development at Microsoft in a prepared statement. "We plan to continue with our strategy of dual sourcing from Chartered and IBM's fabs, which are operationally aligned and compatible, to give us the consistent product quality and flexibility we will need."
The move to this more powerful CPU can be seen as indication of increasing competitive pressure from the likes of Sony's upcoming Playstation 3; the original Xbox did not receive such an upgrade during its lifecycle.

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DragonMaster said:
More powerful CPUs? Change the name of the console if you do this! The older ones will have some problems with newer games that will only work with the newer Xbox 360 in a few years... I wonder if there's a ZIF socket in the Xbox... (People could get a CPU upgrade)And about getting the 360 compatible with other medias : It could be an internal upgrade too, since the drive is probably a SATA or IDE unit.
Julio said:
Smaller core also means cheaper manufacturing per processor, so it's a logical move. Heat is also an issue in the Xbox 360 as has been reported before... looks and sounds heavy IMHO despite of the nice exterior design.
crossfire851 said:
I don't think that they will be putting a fast cpu in the Xbox 360. I think they are only going to be doing this to get rid of the heat problems for sure.
insidious420 said:
Regardless of the reason for the change in processor, this is just further evidence that the 360 was released too early, before all the kinks were worked out.
Julio said:
Whether it was released too early or not is a debatable subject, nevertheless the CPU thing should have nothing to do with it... PC processors get this kind of manufacturing "upgrades" all the time, which reduce cost and heat.
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