updated 08:55 am EDT, Fri September 29, 2006
Microsoft upgrades 360 CPU
Microsoft's current 90 nanometre chip will be replaced, says Vnunet. Beginning in the first quarter of 2007, Chartered Semiconductor of Singapore will upgrade the 360's CPU to a 65 nm design, said to be the leading edge in commercial chip manufacturing. While the upgrade won't result in a speed increase, what it will do is make the manufacturing process more cost-effective, and - most importantly to gamers - reduce power consumption. Lower power requirements mean less heat, which may mean the 360 will finally be as reliable as it should've been back in 2005. Overheating is the most likely cause of the system failures that produce the "Red Rings of Death."