Cheaper Xbox 360 Jasper Expected after Falcon, August 2008

On his blog, Dean Takahashi is found talking about Jasper, the code name for the next motherboard for the Xbox 360 that is slated for August 2008. He criticizes Microsoft's speed in shrinking the size of the graphics chip in the Xbox 360 – many believe this is the key to improving stability and reliability of the company's second console. He also notes that after it released Falcon, Microsoft cut $50 off the price of the Xbox 360. Since a smaller graphics chip translates into material savings, another price cut should be coming in less than a year - according to Takahashi.

Currently, Falcon is being used in Xbox 360s that are rolling off the production lines. It has a 65-nm IBM microprocessor on it, instead of the previous 90-nm version. It also has built-in HDMI and carries lower costs than the previous motherboard, but not dramatically so. The 90-nm graphics chip on Falcon will be replaced with Jasper's 65-nanometer graphics chip from ATI Technologies, as well as smaller memory chips. ATI uses TSMC to make its chips out of Taiwan, and TSMC hasn't been the fastest at moving to 65-nm manufacturing.

News source: Dean Takahashi's Blog

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I loved my 360s I went threw 4 of then with a good old bestbuy warranty and when they ran out and couldnt honor it got a ps3 which I like alot too. But i wouldnt mind getting another cheaper x360 that runs more efficiant with hdmi for my hdtv. Hdmi cables are a great + with less cluttering cables.

Other than a price cut, will this be something people really care about? The RROD has been fixed, so I can't see what other reason there is to wait.

The RROD issue has not been fixed. A Console that was manufactured on August 16th (HDMI port and new Heatsink) failed.

The Falcon model are not in many stores yet and we can only hope that it fixes the problem, it has not been confirmed yet as they just started being seen in the wild. I have not read of any of them failing yet but we won't know till later about them. Also the majority of systems in stock will be older then the Falcon.