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Old 21st October, 2006, 04:14 PM
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Maybe they are just scaring the geese. Doesn't the article say "to design and test chips?" I suppose there is virtual testing for circuits. They don't say "building" chips.
The timing of this news is highly suspicious!

MS annouces they want to make CPUs, just when Sony's brand new Cell processor is about to hit the shelves in the new PlayStation.

It's quite childish really.
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Old 21st October, 2006, 08:10 PM
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If I wanted a cheaper price from a chip maker, I'd threaten to make my own and point to these beginnings as if they were a viable option...Weather that's part of what's going on I have no idea...
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Old 22nd October, 2006, 04:15 PM
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Yeah, 65 nanometers is no prob in my garage. As if I'd buy a CPU. Real men build their own.
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I can't wait to see "Linux Optimized" !! then!!!
Maybe MS should do this.
Who knows LOL...
Maybe Microsoft will produce Unix optimized processors also.
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Don't these guys all own fairly nice sized chunks of each other already?
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Microsoft CPUs... Will you have to phone and activiate it each time you overclock?
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If I wanted a cheaper price from a chip maker, I'd threaten to make my own and point to these beginnings as if they were a viable option...Weather that's part of what's going on I have no idea...
Hey, Walmart did that to Coca Cola over it's Powerade brand not to long ago. It is standard practice.

One company with the resoures say's "I think I'll just make my own. That is unless someone can convince me that they can supply me for cheaper than what it would cost me to make my own."


It really is a good thing that stuff like this goes on. It is good because Intel will have to produce something for cheaper, or AMD will, or Sony will. No matter how you cut it something cheaper will be produced. The savings may or maynot end up in the hands of consumers. (BTW this is all speculated on console sales, as I don't see MS trying to break into the already cut throat PC market)

As it stands now, console makers make very little money for actual consoles themselves (MS actually loses about $24 on every console it sells) but for every game you buy at retail price the console manufacturer gets $8. So by making the CPU's cheaper it helps the end user. We all know that MS already isn't making a profit on the console, so if the get thier chips cheaper so they lose less money is that really bad. Or what if they pass the savings on to us? Either way we all know that the employees over at Intel are not going to take a paycut over this. So the employees are still getting paid and if anyone is taking a hit it is the stock holder.

So what's the big deal?
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In every market, I fear an MS that get what it wants. That it is not the only company crazy enough to want what it wants....is even scarier to me!
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