Microsoft/IBM Processor Deal
Microsoft and IBM have announced an agreement between the two
companies concerning IBM processing chips. This agreement grants
Microsoft the license to use IBM processors in Xbox products and
future products and services.
"Microsoft is already developing the software and services that will
drive the Digital Decade,"
said Robbie Bach, senior vice president of the Home & Entertainment
Division at Microsoft. "By combining our vision, software
experience and R&D resources with IBM's computer and semiconductor
technologies, we plan to deliver unprecedented and unparalleled
entertainment experiences to consumers while creating new engines of
growth for the technology and entertainment industries."
"IBM's advanced chip technologies are in demand across a wide range
of industries and applications,"
Meyerson said. "We're excited to be working on a project of this
magnitude and that Microsoft has chosen IBM to provide technologies
that will power future consumer devices and expand the boundaries of
what's possible in entertainment."
Microsoft would risk losing backwards-compatibility with existing
Xbox titles if it uses an IBM CPU in the Xbox 2, it's doubtful that
this deal means Microsoft is abandoning Intel's CPU. Most
likely, IBM technology will be used in other critical areas.