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PS3's third-gen heatsink reduces size, complexity, boosts efficiency

Believe it or not, but there are people who will be positively thrilled to hear the latest third-generation heatsink for the PlayStation 3 has eliminated heat pipes in its quest to keep your PS3 cool. We're not necessarily jumping for joy over here, but we were interested to read that the third-ge...

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Nintendo searching for more Wii manufacturers

Nintendo has struggled to meet the Wii's demand in every region, so much so that retailers have accused the company of planning "strategic shortages." Four months after the console's initial release, it's still unlikely that you'll be able to find a Wii on store shelves. Up until now, Foxconn Prec...

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MS loses 360 manufacturer

According to a recent article on DigiTimes, a manufacturing company by the name of Wistron will discontinue is production of the Xbox 360 in 2008. The reasons for this are cited as declining profits on manufacturing the Xbox 360 and Microsoft's new manufacturing relationship with Celestica. Accordin...

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PS3 begins production in Taiwan

According to Chinese-language outlets Apple Daily and Commercial Times, Taiwanese manufacturer Asustek Computer began shipping PlayStation 3 consoles in "small volume" in early July. The papers report Asustek recieved 200,000 component sets in June, inferring Asus could have produced as many as 200,...

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PS3 complexity could hinder yields

That's a fancy way of saying analysts don't think Sony can make enough oh so complicated machines to keep their well-heeled fans happy this Holiday season. Having suffered through manufacturing-related shortages ourselves, the Xbox 360 community looks forward to feeling their fanboy pain--while we k...

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Xbox 360 to get CPU upgrade in 2007

In a joint announcement, Microsoft and the manufacturer of the Xbox 360's CPU, Chartered Semiconductor, have announced that the console's processor will receive an upgrade in 2007. The upgrade will move the chip's design to a 65nm manufacturing process (the existing CPU is based on 90nm technology) ...

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Over a million 360s per month by end of '06

Winstron, one of Microsoft's three manufacturing partners (in addition to Flextronics and the recently recruited Celestica) has announced they will be roughly tripling their production capacity to "reach a capacity of one million units per month by the end of the year." With all three part...

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Germans foiled again?

Microsoft has issued a semi-heated response to the German sprockets who wondered if a curious piece of foil on the 360 heatsink may be the cause of the console's much-discussed toaster oven issues. From Gamerccore Blog (run by Xbox employees): The video and photos posted by...

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Sony to ship 20M PSPs in 2006

A representative from Samsung today revealed that Sony plans to ship 20 million PSP units in 2006. Hwang Chang Gyu, head of the Korean company’s semiconductor division, was part of an equally large serving of news last year when he announced during a press conference that both companies were e...

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CES: New manufacturer to address 360 shortage

One interesting snippet to come out of Microsoft's CES keynote is the addition of a third manufacturing partner--Celestica will join Flextronics and Wiston manufacturing 360s. Hopefully this will help the shortage somewhat. Microsoft's Peter Moore also said that 50 games will be available for the 3...

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