Microsoft Monday said it had entered into an agreement that will allow it to use IBM's processor technology in new Xbox products and services.">
November 03, 2003
IBM Power PC Chip in the Xbox?

Microsoft Monday said it had entered into an agreement that will allow it to use IBM's processor technology in new Xbox products and services.

Will this be the same chip which powers the Mac?

IBM has a hand in the three major game consoles, including those from Nintendo and Sony--even if the extent of its role is still to be determined in two of them.

According to a statement offered by IBM and Microsoft, Microsoft has "licensed leading-edge processor technology from IBM for use in future Xbox products and services to be announced at a later date".

Xbox runs on an Intel PC processor and uses graphics from Nvidia.

But Microsoft has already changed one supplier for the next version of the console. The company said in August that it would use graphics from ATI Technologies in future versions of the Xbox.

It's possible that Microsoft could also switch processors and use an IBM chip as its main processor for Xbox. However, Microsoft could also use IBM chips to add new features to Xbox or to handle specific tasks, such as communications.

Posted by tstubbs at November 03, 2003 01:18 PM
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