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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 The Xbox 360:
(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.