Less than a month before Microsoft’s Xbox 360 game console hits store shelves, IBM is disclosing details of the microprocessor that powers it.

The IBM-built chip features three customized PowerPC computing engines that can each handle two simultaneous tasks at clock speeds greater than 3 gigahertz. It was customized for Microsoft in less than 24 months from the original contract, NewsFactor reports.

“Working with IBM gave us the flexibility to design a processor to give game developers the kind of targeted power they need to make great games,” Todd Holmdahl, Microsoft vice president of Xbox hardware, told NewsFactor.

The original Xbox utilized an Intel chip.

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