VGleaks - one of the more respectable next gen hardware rumour-mongers - has posted what it claims is an in-depth account of the next generation Xbox's CPU. I'm going to put hand on heart and say that I understand not a single word of it.
"Byte swapping/permutation"? "Opportunities to parallelize beyond traditional superscalar execution"? Come on, VGLeaks, use regular journalistic English. Tell me how many "envelopes" it will "push", what percentage power advantage it has over the Xbox 360, and how many sparkly next gen raindrops it can animate at once.
Here's the nearest thing there is to a broad overview. "The Durango CPU brings a host of modern micro-architectural performance features to console development," writes the site. "With Durango, a familiar instruction set architecture and high performance silicon mean developers can focus effort on content and features, not micro-optimization. The trend towards more parallel power continues in this hardware; so, an effective strategy for multi-core computing is more important than ever."
Errrrrrrrm. Monkey get banana now?
The cybernetic mega-brains of Digital Foundry are doubtless boiling all this down to layman's terms as we speak. I'll update the post as and when we get a clearer picture. If you're feeling brave, read the full (and just to reiterate, strictly unconfirmed) VGleaks overview of Durango's capabilities.