Rumor: Next Xbox's chip codenamed Oban, in production since 2011

Rumors are circulating that processor chips for the Xbox One, said to be co-designed by IBM and Global Foundries, are codenamed "Oban," and have been in production since late last year. Though this might sound like Microsoft gearing up for a 2012 launch (especially considering the order was supposedly for 10,000 chips), the reports confirm that the chips in question are likely in the works to put into debug consoles for developers to start working on software, with an actual console release likely not coming until sometime in 2013. An announcement in 2012 is still likely, though, especially if Microsoft wants to steal some steam from the Wii U's launch.

Getting into the tech of things, it's being said that the chip "is a Power PC CPU plus an ATI GCN/HD7000/Southern Islands GPU," though that's just speculation based on other rumblings from the same sources. For those who don't fully understand what that sentence of technobabble means, just know that it can adequately be summed up with "it's going to be a powerful next-generation console." 

You can read more about the tech here. It might be a rumor, but it makes sense - with other speculation pointing towards a 2013 launch for the Xbox Next, we wouldn't be shocked at all to hear that Microsoft is working hard to get debug units into the hands of developers sooner than later. 


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  • Ravenbom - January 25, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    Interesting HoCo, very interesting. But yeah, 10K chips doesn't sound like a product launch.
  • paul-rayner - January 24, 2012 5:24 p.m.

    well in some reports its said that the new Xbox codename "infinite" will not be a games console, but a media station with the main goal of music, movies, social networking and gaming last. there is rumoured to be a brand new dashboard running on a modified version of windows 8 pro with sliverlight and full gui java flow. it has also rumoured to have full controller-less control with no need for joypads as playing games has taking a back seat this time.
  • paul-rayner - January 24, 2012 5:11 p.m.

    well if the reports from ati and ibm r correct the "Oban" CPU is a secretly upgraded version of a 4ghz quad core superchip the same 1 used in super computers around the world they also speculate that the price for these so-called "super chips" is around £2000/$3100 each.
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - January 24, 2012 2:13 p.m.

    Glad to see ATI getting some work.
  • Galgomite - January 24, 2012 2:02 p.m.

    I dunno. The chip as described would clearly be custom (and therefore crazy expensive for the time being). Are there really enough developers to warrant *10,000* chips in the next year? I would think dev kits could use similar internals and get by much cheaper for now.
  • infernox - January 24, 2012 1:44 p.m.

    "ATI GCN/HD7000/Southern Islands GPU" That's gotta be hella expensive to produce right now. Not only are TSMC and ATI low on supply The only ATI HD7000 series card out atm (HD 7970) costs around £450/$550. We're still not sure if GCN will be used on the lower end, all we know is that it's definitely used on the ATI HD7900 series. Looking at power consumption, price and heat, it would have to use a lower end card. If you look at the current xbox 360 gpu, its very similar to an AMD x1950 which had max power draw of just 75w, the HD 7970 has a max power draw of 210w. Obviously with more power comes more heat, which we all know the xbox 360 had problems dealing with at the start (RROD). My guess would be the HD7770, although likely higher power usage, it will be around 100w, cheaper and still a very good upgrade (new architecture plus alot more SPs).
  • An_Awesome_Guy - January 24, 2012 1:30 p.m.

    Once I went to Oban on holiday. I was eight and as such don't remember much of it.
  • ultimatepunchrod - January 24, 2012 11:53 a.m.

    Probably true, but I don't have any money for this haha.

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