Microsoft XBox2 On IBM PowerPC Chips

Microsoft would turn to IBM for microchip technology that it
will use in the next version of its popular video game console, the Xbox.
Microsoft used a chip from the Intel in the first version of its Xbox, which was
released in 2000. IBM’s PowerPC chips consume less power and run cooler than
other chips. Intel had wrestled away the design win for Xbox from AMD at the
last minute, and this will probably be quite a surprise to Santa Clara this
morning that the next generation from their ally in system design, Microsoft, is
going to their rival.

IBM has licensed microprocessor technology to other companies
and makes chips for Apple and for the Nintendo gaming console, among others, in
its factories. IBM opened a new semiconductor plant in East Fishkill, New York
earlier this year and has been trying to lure new customers to the plant. The
next version of Xbox is expected to be announced in January by Microsoft founder
and Chairman Bill Gates and to be on sale next fall ahead of the holidays. IBM
is also working with Sony Corp. on a chip for its next version of the
PlayStation gaming console. Earlier this year, Nvidia, which makes graphics
chips often used in gaming, also turned to IBM to start making certain of its
chips.

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