Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Microsoft Xbox 360 console
November 23, 2005 – Ottawa, ON, Canada - Chipworks Inc., (Chipworks) the industry leader in reverse engineering and analysis of semiconductor chips and systems, today announced that they have analysed the key chips of the new Microsoft Xbox 360 console and that detailed technical reports are ready for purchase immediately.
“Microsoft has developed creative relationships with some of the leading-edge chip suppliers in order to meet the performance needs of the Xbox,” said Gary Tomkins, manager of Technical Intelligence at Chipworks. “We wanted to see how advanced the process technology is that is being used, considering the pressure to keep the component costs down.”
The extensive use of state-of-the-art technology in the Xbox illustrates the trend that the consumer market is driving technology these days,” continues Tomkins.
senior technology analyst, also commented: “Earlier press announcements revealed that the Xbox’s custom microprocessor was being fabbed by IBM, and the graphics processor was designed by ATI, both using 90-nm processes. Later, NEC announced that they were supplying the embedded DRAM to work with the ATI chip, and Infineon has also declared they will have parts in the console. ATI has used TSMC as a high performance foundry at the 130- and 110-nm process nodes