SAN JOSE, Calif. Germany’s Infineon Technologies AG said that it will supply three components for Microsoft Corp.’s new Xbox 360 video game, according to the Xbox Users Group.
Infineon (Munich) “will provide a removable solid-state memory unit product, a single-chip application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) wireless game-pad controller that makes cables unnecessary for game play, and an advanced security chip,” according to the report.
The Xbox 360 is expected to be on the shelves in the fourth quarter of this year.
Microsoft shifted up from the X86 to a custom triple-core, dual-threaded PowerPC for its Xbox 360, which the company claims delivers 1 teraflop of system-level, floating-point performance. Officially launched in May, the Xbox 360 uses three custom 3.2 GHz PowerPC cores, each handling two threads. Each core includes a 128-bit vector graphics unit sporting a full 128 registers and 1-Mbyte cache.
In addition, the console includes a graphics semiconductor chip from ATI Technologies that processes 500 million triangles per second. The ATI chip packs 10 Mbytes of embedded DRAM and 512 Mbytes of external GDDR3 memory running at 700 MHz.
The Xbox 360 incorporates a broader array of home multimedia features than its predecessor including 16:9 high definition DVD playback at resolutions of either 720-line progressive and 1,080-line interlaced. It also includes built-in communications for instant messaging, voice chat and links to an online Xbox Internet gaming guide and merchandise site (see May 13 story).