Microsoft orders 65nm Xbox 360 graphics chip
'Jasper' to break Red Ring of Death?
Claims the next incarnation of the Xbox 360's internal workings is due to begin being built into the console in August appear to be on track. Microsoft was this week said to have placed orders with chip and motherboard makers.
According to a Taiwanese Economic News (TEN) report, MS has TSMC producing a 65nm version of the Xbox 360's graphics chip. The part, along with the 'Xenon' CPU - already fabbed by IBM at 65nm - will be stamped onto the motherboard by Nanya. TSMC is also making the ancillary chippery, it's said.
The result will be 'Jasper', the forecast next version of the Xbox 360's core components.
The original 360 has a 90nm GPU and a 90nm CPU. Last year, console based on the 'Falcon' platform incorporated the 65nm CPU. With the debut of Jasper and its 65nm GPU, the over-heating problems - manifested most clearly in the infamous Red Ring of Death - that have plagued no small number of Xbox 360 owners will evaporate.
So Microsoft undoubtedly hopes, having had to replace many a console that has RRoD-ed. Even today, numerous Register Hardware readers have posted comments stating they have still had to send back malfunctioning consoles for replacement.
While plenty of Xbox 360 owners remain untroubled by the issue, enough have that Microsoft was last year forced to extend the console's warranty to three years. Indeed, in February 2008, electronics warranty firm SquareTrade alleged that, at the time, each new Xbox has a 16.4 per cent chance of breaking down - compared to around three per cent for the Wii and the PS3.
The company blamed the higher-than-average failure rate on the RRoD.
The TEN report also claimed MS is already working on Japser's successor, 'Valhalla', due to be implement in Q3 2009.
So they hit our shores?
When are these things gonna drop? Everyone mentions August, but is that when they start production or when they hit the stores?
Can we hope for another price cut too?
The 40GB PS3 consumes LESS power than the current Xbox, due to it's 65nm CPU.
60GB PS3: 180w
40GB PS3: 140w
Mine lasted 2 years without problem (was bought the week they came out)... then habing come back repaired it failed again a month ago.
So either i had a dodgy repair or the problem does still exist in some cases.
They're taking the power supply back aswell this time... personally i don't have an issue, the product broke they're very efficient at fixing it and gave me a free 12 months subscription to Xbox Live Gold last time.... electronics break, end of... it's how a company deals with it that is of more interest to me.
@ LOL What.
You sound someone from "phorm" or indeed M$ trying to cover over something.
Well played, though sadly evidence is against you in all respects.
Sounds like you've got a faulty PS3. That doesn't happen to mine.
However, I've just had a problem arise with my first gen 360. I'm not a big gamer and mainly used it as a media extender and with the HD DVD add-on. Well, it's just started to hang from cold watching a HD DVD:(. No red ring of death. I called Microsoft and they said send it in and we'll fix it for £60. I complained that it was an original console, Sale of Goods Act, etc. but they wouldn't budge. I'm going to have to go back to Game and do the SoG Act stuff as it's really their responsibility and I'm sure I get it fixed for free but it's a pain.