"A powerhouse designed for hardcore video game play" is how IBM have described the chip it built to run the Xbox 360 game console from Microsoft, coming globally in about one month. The chip includes three cores, each with two simultaneous threads and clocking speeds greater than 3 GHz. It also includes 165 million transistors.

"Microsoft's aggressive timetable required IBM take the Xbox 360 chip design from concept to full execution in just 24 months," said Ilan Spillinger, director of the IBM design center for Xbox 360.

"The Xbox 360 chip set was designed from the ground up specifically for high-definition gaming and entertainment," said Todd Holmdahl, corporate vice president of hardware for Xbox.