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Semiconductor Insights Teardown Of Xbox 360 Elite Finds No IBM 65nm Processor
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Written by Gizmo   
Monday, 07 May 2007 10:24

Semiconductor Online 

Semiconductor Insights (SI), one of the leader in technical and patent analyses of integrated circuits and electronic systems, recently revealed the insides of Microsoft's latest Xbox 360 - the Elite - with a video teardown. "Microsoft launched the original Xbox 360 a year ahead of the competition and is hoping to keep this edge with the Elite launched this week in the US," said Gregory A. Quirk, SI's Technical Marketing Manager. "However, there are few hardware differences between the Xbox generations. The systems are the same size, the board designs are very similar, and most of the components themselves are the same. Arguably, the biggest story is what's not different - namely the IBM processor."

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Leading up to the launch of the Xbox 360 Elite, there had been considerable speculation regarding the process lithography of the IBM CPU, specifically, whether or not it was 65nm. After completing a cross-section and measuring the transistor gate length, SI can unequivocally confirm that the IBM processor in the Elite is not 65nm. As well, SI's preliminary analysis of the Elite indicates that the processor uses the same 90nm technology as the original Xbox 360.

The Elite does incorporate a larger hard drive than its predecessor (120GB vs. 20GB) and HDMI v1.2 output for higher screen resolution. This added functionality enables more downloads from Xbox Live to be stored and higher graphical resolution to meet the demands of gamers and high definition movie watchers. This signals Microsoft's intent to evolve the Xbox from a gaming console to a fully functional media center.

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