The newest current version, the Falcon chipset, boasts a 65nm CPU which pumps out less heat that the launch model’s 90-nm version – and excessive heat has been cited by some sources as the cause for the 360’s reliability problems. The previous chipset build, the Zephyr, included a larger heat sink than the first models.
Currently, the only Xbox 360 models that are guaranteed to arrive with the Falcon motherboard are the Limited Edition Halo 3 consoles.
However, Jasper will also allegedly sport 65-nm graphics chips and memory, significantly reducing the manufacturing costs of the device and possibly a further price cut.
“I’m sure that Jasper will carry lower costs than Falcon,” Takahashi claims. “That’s because it will have a smaller graphics chip and smaller memory chips as well. That translates into material savings, which means lower costs.
“Certainly, Microsoft will be in a position to cut prices again by next August. If you recall, after it got Falcon out the door, Microsoft cut $50 off the price of the Xbox 360.”