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.
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.
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
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.