Meet The Xbox 360's Fancy New Processor

The new Xbox 360 S is not only smaller than its predecessor, it uses less power and should be more reliable. Who can we thank for these benefits? The new "Vejle" processor, that's who.

The Vejle, named after a Danish city (as most Microsoft projects are; Natal was named after a Brazilian city, for example), combines both a CPU (central processing unit) and GPU (graphics processing unit) onto the same chip, a first for the Xbox 360.

Everyone had long assumed the chip's name was Valhalla... the "V" and the "Danish" bit were close, but no cigar.

It's being built by IBM and "another unnamed manufacturer", is a 45nm chip (which is cheap and consumes less power), uses 60% less power than the older chips and takes up 50% less space.

If more technical explanations don't terrify you, there's a great run-down of the nitty-gritty over at VentureBeat.

Lifting the veil on the hybrid processor-graphics chip in the new Xbox 360 [VentureBeat]


Comments

    "It’s being built..." Does this mean this isn't the one in my Xbox 360 Slim?

      Yeah I think they mean in a ongoing present tense.

    So i wonder if "cheap" parts mean a cheaper console to buy?

      Its cheaper and has more features than the console that released in 2005 isn't it..

      As for Sony, the cheaper their parts become the closer they came to turning a profit.. cheaper parts just meant less of a loss..

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