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Sony's new PS3 Slim (pictured on the right) will feature a new 45 nm Cell processor that should use less power, run cooler, and be cheaper to make.  (Source: Aurum3Newtech)
GPU on Sony PS3 Slim may stay the same

Sony on Tuesday announced that it was upping the ante in the next-generation console war, unleashing the slender PS3 slim.  Eschewing the original PS3's bulbous design, the new console reportedly will drop Linux support and also won't support PS2 games.  The console does bring a greater capacity 120 GB drive onboard, though, a step up from the 80 GB drive in its predecessor (low-end version).

Now another perk of the new console has emerged -- an improved CPU.  According to a video posted on Sony's U.S. website, the new console will feature a 45 nm updated version of the Cell processor based on IBM's Power architecture, jointly developed by IBM, Sony, and Toshiba.  The new processor will be cooler and use less power, and is also cheaper to make than the 65 nm processor found in the old PS3. 

Sony's primary high-graphics competitor, Microsoft, still uses 65 nm GPUs.  Heat has proven to be a major concern for the next generation consoles -- Microsoft started on a 90 nm process and suffered from many console failures due to the larger chip's heat.

Sony is very pleased with their new processor.  States President and CEO Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America, "We're extremely pleased that we've been able to meet production efficiencies that have allowed us pass those savings on to customers."

The GPU on the PS3 has not been officially announced, except for that it will be made by NVIDIA.  For the sake of compatibility, it will likely be similar or identical to the RSX GPU in the current PS3.

The new console will launch on September 1 in the U.S. and will retail for $299.



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RE: Sweet
By Flunk on 8/20/2009 4:51:19 PM , Rating: 2
IBM is worried about cheap PS3-based clusters competing with its significantly more expensive HPC systems. I've used just such a cluster and for the price, there really is no better system.

Home users weren't using Linux on their PS3s anyway.


RE: Sweet
By epobirs on 8/21/2009 3:07:09 AM , Rating: 2
This isn't a worry for IBM. They and their partners already have prdouct using Cell for such apps that are better configured for massing together.

The alternate use of PS3s is much more of a concern for Sony since the machine itself isn't a profit center. The profits are in the games but a group of PS3 in a cluster aren't driving any game sales. Thus allowing this to be done on the earlier models was self-defeating and better left to others in the Cell business.


RE: Sweet
By 91TTZ on 8/25/2009 10:52:40 AM , Rating: 2
Considering that IBM produces the Cell chips, I seriously doubt that they're "concerned" that someone will use their products.


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