According to the LinkedIn bio of AMD’s senior manager of system on chip physical design, Daniel McConnell, AMD has developed a smaller, more cost effective 20nm version of the core processor that is found in Microsoft’s Xbox One.
The statement in question reads:
I (Daniel) successfully planned and executed the first APU for Microsoft’s Xbox One Game Console in 28nm technology and a cost-reduced derivative in 20nm technology.
At this point, the processors of both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are 28nm; however, if this new chip is implemented then the size of the processor will shrink down to 20nm.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company aka TSMC, the company which is actually responsible for manufacturing the processors for Xbox One and PS4 explains that shrinking down the same chip allows 30% higher speed or 25% less power at 1.9 times the density.
Shrinking down the processor will also open up the doors for slimmer versions and price cuts for the consoles, which will certainly be appreciated by the fans.
We can now predict that Microsoft is looking forward to adding a revised processor to the Xbox One, which will give the same performance plus an extra boost.
We will share more about this new small chip as Microsoft or AMD share more details about it.