Microsoft Licenses ARM CPU Technology

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"it expands and contracts until it eventually shorts out the system by touching one of the chip's contacts"

That's complete garbage. The heatsink sits above any sort of contact point nor could it ever expand that much. M$ just cheaped out.
 
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Uhh... the Xbox 360 RROD issue is caused by the tiny solder balls between the chip and the logic board breaking due to thermal expansion and the poorly designed heatsink mount, not from the heatsink shorting something. If that were the case it would likely happen the very first time the xbox were allowed to get up to operating temperature.
 
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Im typing this on a 10 year old Dell whose cheap little intel heatsink has not shorted out. If Dell can do it, how hard can it be.

IMO contract with Zalman; they would make an awesome heatsink for it.
 

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sm the diffrernce is that pcs have a lot larger air flow and as a result of this usually have the temperature inside the case nearly half the temperature inside the 360
 

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Mobiles yes, consoles no. None of ARM's current designs are anywhere near as powerful as the processor in the 360, and that was launched years ago. I find it very unlikely that their next console will be less powerful than the 360.
 

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ARM license = Xbox handheld.

Not saying it's gonna happen, but inside the walls of this ridiculous rumor-mill-slash-thinktank I am full of ideas. :p
 

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Maybe they could hop into the netbook business, although I am not sure ARM processors are fast enough, though they really power frugal.
 

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Power-frugal and fast, it seems to me that Moorestown should make ARM essentially irrelevant, unless there are huge cost differences.
 

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Are ARM processors faster than the CPUs in XBox 360s? I don't think so. MS probably wants to get into the portable gaming arena in which case licensing ARM processors would make sense.
 
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Yeah pcs have larger airflow, but because the xbox 360 lacks that does not mean MS cant hire good engineers to build them a console with good airflow. It might have a larger size to it, but it would do the job better.

Just look at those Shuttle PCs, many of them are rather small, yet do a good job keeping their components cool and stable for years.
 

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“Microsoft is an important member of the ARM ecosystem, and has been for many years”

Are they counting something other than Windows Mobile? That alone is hardly significant.
 
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