Home Briefs: TSMC, games

Home Briefs: TSMC, games

TSMC to make next generation Xbox chips

The world’s largest contract manufacturer of semiconductors, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC), will make chips for the next generation of Microsoft’s Xbox console. TSMC will manufacture system-on-chip (SOC) semiconductors for future versions of Xbox. SOCs are highly specialised chips that integrate multiple electronic components required for a product on a single piece of silicon. The SOCs will be manufactured by TSMC, using its Nexsys technology. Nexsys is the brand name that TSMC has given to its most advanced process technologies, including the 90-nanometre process that is currently in pilot production and its 65-nanometre process, which is still in development. If the Xbox chips are made using a 65-nanometre process, that would match the technology that Sony plans to use for production of its Cell microprocessor, which will be used in the company’s PlayStation 3 game console.

Survey: Most young males are gamers

Three in four American television viewing households with a male from 8 to 34 years old have a video game system, according to a new survey by TV ratings monitor, Nielson Entertainment. The survey, sponsored by games publisher Activision, was announced alongside an initiative between Activision and Nielson designed to measure the success of in-game advertising. According to the survey of 1000 males in the aforementioned age group, the average male gamer plays about five times per week, and spends at least 30 minutes on each session. In fact, nearly half spend at least an hour per gaming session. Slightly more of the pollsters preferred to spend time watching TV (33 per cent) than gaming (29 per cent).

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