It seems that the merger of ATI and AMD will be a strong part of the next gen Xbox hardware, as rumors out of Redmond, WA is that the next generation of Microsoft console’s chip is named and specced.
The new chip is allegedly called “Obed”, and according to rumor site Semi Accurate:
“Obed it seems is SoC, CPU + GPU, and of course eDRAM, it sounds an awful lot like an evolutionary version of the current XBox 360 chip. Some say it is an x86/Bulldozer part, but everything we have been hearing for a long time says that the chip is going to be a PPC variant. In any case, the GPU is definitely made by AMD/ATI, and IBM has a big hand in the SoC design.”
The most interesting part of the news is that production is set for late 2012, possibly the early days of 2013. This would put the Xbox 720 release as holiday 2013.
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