Some news from TeamCygnos

First of all, happy new year to everyone and welcome to 2010. Looks like it’s going to be a good year for Xbox 360 enthusiasts with all those neat applications coming in on almost a daily basis now.
We have not held a winter sleep either and continued to further improve the Cygnos360 V2. We have made major improvements to our Cygnos360 v2 Firmware which is now in 1.03 final.  (you can get it here
We have significantly increased the flashing speed for 16Mb xbox 360 NANDs.
With the new firmware v1.03, programming takes 24 seconds and reading 28 seconds. That is a full image, not a partial!

The new toolbox is also available which fixes small problems and makes flashing even more reliable.
you can get the newest toolbox here:

In addition to that, we have been able to get rid of the necessity to solder resistors or diodes to perform the JTAG hack which further simplifies installation, leaves less room to make mistakes and increases success rates of launching the exploit.
Instead of the resistors or diodes, we are directly talking to the jtag port with appropriate voltages rather than with an approximate value.
The installation manual has been updated to give you a better understanding about installing a Cygnos360 v2.
Cygnos360 V2 for 16Mb NAND 360s is available in many countries around the world now with more shops and install-services coming in.
(see for the list.

Many people are asking each day about “big block support”, meaning the Jasper versions with 256 and 512 Mb NAND flashes. We have this already running on prototypes in our lab and we are finalizing tests. We hope to release this before mid February. This will not be a firmware update but rather another hardware revision. Preliminary tests on the prototypes give us less than 10 minutes on dumping a full 512 Mb image and about 5 minutes for the 256Mb version. Programming, which is then a 64Mb partial flash takes merely 2 to 3 minutes.
We will also introduce partial flashing possibility by then so that you can do certain “fixes” as well now using the Cygnos Toolbox.
We are trying to push this revision out as soon as we can, but at the same time we will make sure it’s the quality you expect from us.
Please have some more patience, it will be rewarded!
In addition to the above news, we have changed the look and features of our website which will allow us to give you a better service with more frequent news and updates. Also, we now have an official German support forum at Modcontrol (
So, happy modding to everybody!
best regards
Team Cygnos