Originally Posted by Blue_Fire
ATI designed the graphics processor, and ibm did the cpu. They were never release with anything else, how old is this news? Everything else in the 360 was done by microsoft. Is that what megagames ment to say?
Dude, you need to read the article, especially since you quoted it. For one thing, with a product like the 360, it's not as if Microsoft designed and manufactured every part besides those chips themselves. It's actually quite the opposite.
This news is a day old.
Microsoft cut a big corner - they decided to design their own PCB, from layout (which is common) to fabrication design (which normally an ASIC vendor would do). Basically Microsoft should have drawn up the electrical diagram of the PCB and the ASIC vendor would actually do the work turning that into a physical piece of hardware. Microsoft decided to save some money by doing both parts (by not hiring the outside company) and failed to produce a decent product, which in turn hurt the 360.