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360 gets 65nm chips soon, 45nm in 2009

PC Advisor is reporting that the new 65nm chips will be making their way into Xbox 360s soon with even smaller 45nm chips being used in late 2008 or early 2009. Chartered Semiconductor, Microsoft's Xbox 360 chip maker, stated that the design for the 45nm chips have yet to be finalized saying that "65nm just started production in the last two quarters, you would expect 45nm to come on stream about 18 months from that timeframe". So, we get confirmation of our cooler, more efficient 65nm chips making there way into 360s sometime this year with 45nm technology rolling out in a year or so. So we ask; Microsoft, where is the consumer's price cut? Oh wait ... there it is.

[Thanks, Iliad Force]

The amazing 360 GPU shrinks to 65nm this Fall

According to sources close to equipment manufacturers, later this year we'll be ushering in a new and improved Xbox 360 GPU. A Chinese report in the Commercial Times is stating that the new 65nm 360 GPU will be sent to production in May and make its way into Xbox 360 consoles later this Fall. And we all know the benefits of 65nm technology. So, anyone in the market for a new 360 or jumping in for the first time and going to hold out until the new 65nm technology makes it into the console? Or could you care less unless it would involve an Xbox 360 price cut?

[Via Joystiq]

360 may boost Rosetta@Home project

We previously reported on the idea of bringing the Playstation 3's Folding@Home project to our Xbox 360s and the impact it could have. But now it isn't looking like the Folding@Home project will be receiving any 360 love, instead Gizmodo thinks Microsoft may be supporting another folding project called Rosetta@Home. Rosetta@Home is very similar to the other folding project where computing power helps with protein folding which in turn helps find cures for various diseases. What's most interesting is that on the project's forums, a project scientist acknowledged the possibly of a Xbox 360 partnership by saying they "have been discussing this idea with Microsoft quite a bit over the past several weeks". Interesting, no?

We're still interested in this whole donating CPU power to a good cause thing and still think it's a pretty good idea. It would give those of us who want to an option to donate our 360's computing power to ultimately help disease research. Can you say teamwork FTW?

[Thanks, AoE]

Smaller 360 CPU delayed until mid 2007

Microsoft has been planning on reducing the chip size of the 360's CPU since inception, but it looks like it's going to be a while longer before that actually happens. Digitimes reports that the large 90nm chip that's currently in the 360 will be shrunk down to a nicer 65nm, but not until mid 2007 because of a delay. The benefits of shrinking a CPU are not only cost reduction, but less power consumption, and less heat is generated. When a gaming console's innards get smaller and cost less, that can only mean good things for consumers and a possible price reduction may be in the distant future. And since the new smaller chip will need less power maybe we can finally reduce the size of that huge power brick.

[Via Joystiq]

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