Xbox 360 RROD Fiasco Caused by Cheap Chip Design

redring1-1.jpgI’m sure we’re all familiar with the “Red Ring of Death” problems that have plagued millions of Xbox 360s and cost Microsoft billions of dollars in warranty repairs so far. But now, nearly a year after this whole thing came to light, we’re just now learning the source of the numerous hardware failures. As expected, the consoles’ overheating problems were all due to a cheap component. Bryan Lewis, research vice president and chief analyst at Gartner, revealed the exact source of the hardwar failures rather casually at the Design Automation Conference. It seems that, rather than use an application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) vendor to make the chipset, Microsoft decided to design the component on their own and have it manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing. The move was intended to save the company tens of millions of dollars, but instead…well, you know the rest of that story. To fix the problems for future hardware though, it looks like MS went back to using an ASIC vendor.

This is a pretty big revelation though considering that, up until now, all we had heard was that the problem has something to do with the “design” of the console. Hopefully, Microsoft has learned that it doesn’t always pay to be cheap (yeah, I doubt it too).

Via EETimes

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6 Comments on Xbox 360 RROD Fiasco Caused by Cheap Chip Design

Norbit's Bro

On June 11, 2008 at 5:23 pm

who cares…



On June 11, 2008 at 6:36 pm

I have to agree with you…ps3 FTW ^_^… =D


On June 11, 2008 at 9:11 pm

It really must not have been that much cheaper since they went back to an ASIC vendor. The 360 has really poor build quality when I got mine I have to get a new mic (it made echoes on live and didn’t work half the time) and a controller(the “X” button was sticking). I really haven’t had any thing go wrong with my PS3 except I had to get it replace once like my 360 but all the things that came with it seem like that are built really good. Like controller and what not.


On June 12, 2008 at 7:56 am

My Xbox 360 is used in my house for what it was designed to do….play video games. My PS3 is used for a Blu-Ray player….and playing one or two games……perhaps the failure rate for the Xbox has more to do with people using them more than Microsoft originally intended….think about that..


On June 12, 2008 at 11:01 pm

Go Marlins!

Luka Mursa

On June 13, 2008 at 12:06 am

Pfft… LoLz figures, Microsoft going the cheap route to save and gain more from sales to turn around and sink it into the warranty.

Xbox Fail60!