According to a number of industry sources, production of the Xbox 360’s new, updated 65nm chip is being delayed.
Chip manufacturer Chartered Semiconductor has reportedly postponed the mass production of its quieter and more efficient CPU for the 360. Production was originally planned to start in April 2007, but has now gone back to ‘the middle of 2007’ according to a report on reliable news source, DigiTimes, earlier this week.
“Microsoft Taiwan declined to comment on the news, while Chartered also declined to comment, stating it did not comment on the production schedule of any of its customers,” the DigiTimes report states.
In fact Chartered has not even thought to bother its shareholders with any related news, stating, “The quarter is essentially progressing in line with what we had anticipated earlier... We are also reiterating the revenue and net income guidance we originally provided in October,” said George Thomas, senior vice president and CFO of Chartered.
So, what does this mean? It basically means that the quieter, cooler, cheaper Xbox 360 that Microsoft needs to counter Sony’s PS3 is now at least a few more months behind the company’s original schedule.
Some good news at last for Sony then!