Even though we've been able to
keep our Xbox 360 from overheating by slapping on a Nyko Intercooler
and dangling the power brick out a window
360-lovers who can't take the heat will be happy to learn of Microsoft's plans to release a cooler-running 'box next
year. Although the CPU upgrade, which takes advantage of a 65-nanometer manufacturing technique, may not be a direct
response to what the company has said are
only sporadic reports of overheating
, the end result will be less heat dissipation due to lower power consumption.
Like the current chips manufactured using 90-nanometer technology, the new CPUs will be produced by both developer IBM
and OEM Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, and are not expected to offer significantly improved performance, to
ensure compatibility with current titles.