Microsoft to Choose Intel, for X-Box
Microsoft announced it has decided to use Intel chips, rather than rival AMD's, for its "X-Box" game console.
The X-Box will use "Intel Pentium III processor technology with Streaming SIMD Extensions" acording to a press release. As well as "More than three times the graphics performance of the newest-generation game consoles will be offered. Co-developed with experts at NVIDIA, the custom-designed graphics chip will deliver more than 200 million polygons per second."
The X-Box, which is still in prototype and should not be on the market until fall of 2001, will use an intel processor running at 600 megahertz (as compared to Nintendo64's 93.75Mhz.)
-Intel Pentium III processor technology with Streaming SIMD Extensions.
-Custom 3-D NVIDIA graphics processor
-64 MB of RAM (unified memory architecture)
-Custom 3-D audio processor
-8GB hard drive
-4X DVD drive with movie playback
-Four game controller ports
-Proprietary A/V connector
-100 MBps Ethernet
Key Performance Measures
-Micropolygons/particles per second: 300 million
-Transformed and lit polygons per second: 150 million
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