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nVidia chip for the Xbox

nVidia chip for the Xbox

In Microsoft's X-Box, in addition to the graphics chip from nVidia, another 'chip', the so-called Media Communication Processor, or MCPX for short, will do its job. This chip should consist of around 6 million transistors and should be manufactured in a 0.15 µm process.

The MCPX takes on a whole range of communication and calculation tasks at the same time. In addition to the sound functions, the chip is also responsible for broadband data communication via the Internet or a local network. In addition, the chip offers a USB and a memory interface and takes over some functions of the north and south bridges of conventional PCs. Above all, this should greatly reduce the hardware costs compared to conventional computers.

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