‘Falcon’ Takes Flight

The next big thing from that big-time hardware maker known as Microsoft has been outed.

The San Jose Mercury News’s Dean Takahashi has the details on Project Falcon, the motherboard of the next version of the Xbox 360. Components include an IBM microprocessor and AMD/ATI graphics chip, but the big news is that they are 65-nm (not 90-nm) chips. The new chips run cooler than their larger 90-nm cousins, important says the Mercury News, because heat was a primary cause of failure in the console.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (pcea.net). He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow