Subject: Processors | January 18, 2012 - 04:10 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: xbox next, IBM, amd, Power PC, southern islands, xbox 720, oban
SemiAccurate has been doing some digging into the hardware that will power the next XBox, perhaps a bit more successfully than Microsoft would like. This builds on the rumours that they had collected in December of 2011 and confirms that the next generation console is only a partial win for AMD. Oban is the code name for the CPU, which is being fabbed by GLOBALFOUNDRIES for the most part and will be a variant model of IBM's Power PC architecture and not an x86 based chip. AMD will provide a Graphics Core Next Southern Islands GPU to provide the graphical power, terrible news for NVIDIA's bottom line over the next several years as they lose out on at least one platform of the coming generation. This will continue to sting as unlike PCs, consoles are not refreshed several times over a year and the current hardware will likely be powering the XBox Next for years to come.
From what SemiAccurate has gathered, Microsoft have ordered a huge run of the chips which will power the console and should guarantee availability in the Spring of 2013 which is the current predicted release date for the console. Considering the low yields from GLOBALFOUNDRIES lately this seems likely a move to ensure that even a large amount of bad silicon will not have a major impact on their ability to provide deep supplies of XBox Next for retailers.
"If you crave more info about the upcoming XBox 720/Next, there is finally some concrete info. The one nice thing about this job is that proud parents like to talk, and that is exactly where this story begins."
Here are some more Processor articles from around the web:
- AMD A8 3870K @ Guru3D
- AMD Llano A8 3870K @ LostCircuits
- A8-3870K vs. Core i3-2105 CPU Review @ Hardware Secrets
- AMD A8-3870K: Black Edition Llano @ Bjorn3D
- The Workstation & Server CPU Comparison Guide @ The Tech Report
- Intel Sandy Bridge Shines With Mesa 8.0 @ Phoronix
- Intel SNA Architecture Is Constantly Evolving @ Phoronix
- Title: Intel's Medfield Still A Botched Binary Mess Under Linux? @ Phoronix
Subject: General Tech | December 6, 2011 - 12:16 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: xbox next, oban, amd
The XBox Next will be another win for AMD as SemiAccurate has confirmation that the GPU portion of the console will be an AMD chip. The supplier for the CPU portion is a little less clear. SemiAccurate has it as an IBM PowerPC chip similar to the current generation which uses a Xenon processor. The newer XBox360 S used a XCGPU which was a 45nm version of the Xenon processor and an AMD Xenos GPU on the same die along with eDRAM, all wrapped up into one small package. It does make sense that Microsoft would go that route as it should make supporting the previous generation of games much easier than implementing a new architecture. It is very unlikely to be Cell based, even though that architecture shares the same PowerPC roots.
[H]ard|OCP has a dissenting opinion, or at least rumour, pegging the new XBox as a complete win for AMD. They suppose it is possible that Bulldozer might find its way into the new console along with the already known GPU core; a fully AMD designed APU. This also makes quite a bit of sense as AMD will have no trouble pairing the GPU and CPU as they've had quite a bit of practice. Plus, it gives them something to do with the Bulldozer chips.
Either way the new chip will be named after a lovely Islay Scotch.
"Yeah, basically, the chip is ‘done’, and first silicon likely went in to the oven in the last two weeks. If this is true, Microsoft should have silicon back in time to give the families of XBox systems engineers a miserable holiday season, their loved ones will be doing breakneck bring-up work on Xbox Next."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AMD Driver Support State For Radeon HD 7000 Series, Trinity @ Phoronix
- IBM unveils high-capacity, high-speed storage chippery @ The Register
- PC experience expected to help Nvidia have advantage in WOA market @ DigiTimes
- Flash prices FALL @ The Register
- Seagate, Western Digital to see supply gap to drop significantly in 1Q12 @ DigiTimes
- Cnet is accused of bundling malware with downloads @ The Inquirer