According to X-bit Labs, rumors surrounding the Valhalla chipsets can now be considered fact. Microsoft has been diligently working on designing a brand new set of CPUs and GPUs for the Xbox 360. These designs will be manufactured by IBM and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC).
Currently, 360s are running on the Falcon build and are far more dependable than their predecessors, but are still fairly inefficient in terms of energy usage, heat, and noise. The new Jasper build will release in August and should reduce all of these unwanted byproducts while combining processing on to just one GMCH and one CPU. Here’s what X-bit’s Anton Shilov reported:
“The code-named Jasper design of the Xbox 360 game console will use ATI Xenos graphics and memory controller hub (GMCH) made using 65nm process at TSMC as well as IBM Xenon central processing unit (CPU) produced at IBM’s 65nm nodes. The new system design is projected to consume less electricity, use less complex cooling systems and also produce less noise.the chips into a single piece of silicon.”