Microsoft Xbox 360 250GB SoC Detailed

Microsoft’s Xbox team has unveiled the details of the console’s system-on-a-chip (SoC) that is contained within the new slimmer Xbox 360 250GB console. The chip, produced by IBM/GlobalFoundries 45nm process, is the first mass-market desktop-class processor to combine a CPU, GPU, memory, and I/O logic into a single piece of silicon. The new design means that the chip only sports 372 million transistors, using only 40 percent of the power and less than 50 percent of the die space of the older model. The benefit of the new SoC is that allows Microsoft to make the console smaller, cheaper, cooler, and also quieter consoles, things that consumers will be quite happy to hear about.

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