Falcon is coming your way this fall. The first Xbox 360s with it are probably on ships coming from China.
Readers of this column will know that Falcon is the code name for a board that houses the first Microsoft 65-nanometer chip for the Xbox 360. We disclosed the exclusive story on the existence of Falcon just before E3 in July. Now we know some more, thanks to information from people familiar with Microsoft's plans.
The timing of Falcon's arrival is going to create a difficult balancing act for Microsoft. Bear with me. There is some technical explanation to do here, but it really does matter to consumers when you think about the implications.