PALO ALTO, Calif. — Microsoft described the SoC of its upcoming Xbox One and upgraded Kinect sensor at the annual Hot Chips conference here. The SoC is among the first to give CPU and GPU cores equal access to shared memory, while the sensor provides a new level of game play by using a homegrown time-of-flight sensor.
The SoC techniques are in some ways pioneering work for the AMD-led Heterogeneous Systems Architecture Foundation. The Kinect upgrade will create a new level of recognition and thus game play.
I'll provide more details about the paper and design later, including interviews with the two Microsoft engineers presenting the chips. For now, check out the slides.