Based: Redmond, Washington
Founder: Bill Gates & Paul Allen
Specialty: Software for Home, industrial and business computers, Windows operating systems, computer hardware and peripherals. Xbox line of home Video game consoles.
Historical Timeline of the Xbox Gaming Console
- Nov. 2001 Microsoft releases the original Xbox for $299 with Intel Celeron Pentium III CPU and nVidia custom GeForce 3 GPU
- Nov. 2002 Microsoft starts XboxLive online Service
- Nov. 2005 Microsoft releases the Xbox 360 for $299 with IBM "Xenon" custom PowerPC CPU and ATi "Xenos" custom Radeon X1800 GPU
- Mar. 2009 Microsoft discontinues production of the original Xbox
- Apr. 2010 Microsoft discontinues XboxLIVE service for original Xbox
- Nov. 2013 Microsoft releases the Xbox One for $499 with AMD "Jaguar" 8-core 64-bit CPU and AMD "Durango" Radeon HD 7000 GPU (TSMC as foundry)
- Apr. 2016 Microsoft discontinues production of the Xbox 360
- Aug. 2016 Microsoft release the Xbox One S for $499
- Nov. 2017 Microsoft announced release date of the Xbox One X with AMD "Jaguar Enhanced" 8-core 64-bit CPU and AMD "Graphics Core Next" GPU
Microsoft XBOX 360 GPU / CPU Semiconductor Technology Paperweight (2005)
Microsoft in cooperation with SiS - IBM - TSMC - NEC - ATI
This acrylic paperweight from the Microsoft Xbox 360 launch team showcases the CPU, GPU and other support chips that went into the XBOX 360 home video game console, and the various semiconductor companies that contributed to it's success.
Chips found inside the Microsoft Xbox 360 game console:
(clockwise from upper left, on image above)
- Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) South Bridge (I/O & communications) BGA Chip , 45nm
- IBM "XENON", 64-bit, 3 core, Custom PowerPC based RISC CPU. (codenamed "Waternoose" by IBM, and "XCPU" by Microsoft)
- ATI "XENOS" GPU with integrated TSMC GPU die and NEC 10 MB eDRAM die, both in 90nm
- Microsoft "ANA" video encoder display chip
XBOX 360 GPU & eDRAM chips Keychain (2005)
Lucite keychain featuring the two chips that were integrated into ATI's "XENOS" GPU processor used in the Xbox 360 game console.
The XENOS GPU package was composed of the NEC designed eDRAM memory die, and the main GPU die manufactured by TSMC.
Both chips were manufactured in 90nm semiconductor technology, and together they contain a total of over 337 million transistors.