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CPU, GPU, memory and I/O combined with new Xbox 360 chip
Posted: 13.06.2011 12:16 by Simon Priest Comments: 10
Microsoft is set to start manufacturing a brand new iteration of the Xbox 360 console as a new 'system-on-chip' processor is green lit. It's a better all-round design.

There's better power efficiency and it's cheap to produce too. It uses IBM/GlobalFoundries 45nm process and the first of its kind. It's fully compatible.


The motherboard is said to be smaller as less space is required and the power supply shrinks some too. The new 'system-on-chip' combines the CPU and GPU which process the commands for the system and the graphics of the console.

Memory and I/O logic are combined as well. Microsoft assures there are no compatibility issues between old and new designs for the Xbox 360 console and in fact the new chipset enforces a latency to mimic the behaviour of the older designs.

The SoC (system-on-chip) took 5 years to develop and has about 372m transistors.
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Comments

By Optimaximal (I just got here) on Jun 13, 2011
Optimaximal
So basically, we're looking at Xbox 360^2.

Wonder if it'll be SoC-prices...
By VHugoSama (SI Core) on Jun 13, 2011
VHugoSama
How many Xbox 360 their going to create, I already had an Elite (RROD), an Arcade (the same thing), and right now I have a Slim model, why more, why...
By JPerry06 (SI Core) on Jun 13, 2011
JPerry06
i just have my PS3 phat ha.

Maybe i need to consider changing over to the real gamers
By Xyfer117 (SI Core) on Jun 13, 2011
Xyfer117
Experimenting? so if it goes tits up they dont end up using the same thing/something similar in the 720 maybe...
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 13, 2011
herodotus
Way to go M$ - baby steps with a big pay day for the company.
By Eversor (SI Elite) on Jun 13, 2011
Eversor
They better lower prices. If they do that they would start to sell more over the PS3.
By PowerJack (SI Elite) on Jun 14, 2011
PowerJack
Smaller... when it comes to the 360 doesn't that mean more overheating?
By Eversor (SI Elite) on Jun 14, 2011
Eversor
Smaller means less heat.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 14, 2011
herodotus
Johnny Cash said it best:
"I fell into a burning ring of fire..." - the red ring of death, will it return...
By Eversor (SI Elite) on Jun 15, 2011
Eversor
Since this is a modification to existing hardware, it should not have problems like the RROD.