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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 epobirs on 8/21/2009 2:56:52 AM , Rating: 2
Lets see, supporting the use of software that generates revenue for the console maker vs. software that doesn't generate revenue for the console maker and has support costs as a bonus.

Which do you think is the more valuable feature from Sony's perspective? They could easily emulate the PS2 well in software on the PS3 but the actual PS2 still sells so well it doesn't make for a worthy investment. I suspect they believe everyone who really cares about PS2 software either has a PS2 or skipped that generation and can be sold PS2 games via PSN download.

Sony has long hoped to displace Microsoft from OS dominance. They tried to push PC apps like an AOL client on the PS2 before it launched but gave up after it became apparent that doing that sort of stuff on a NTSC/PAL display was utter misery. With HD support it seemed worth trying again on the PS3. It didn't attract much interest and did generate some expense, so they've let it die. Sony has killed off a lot of ideas that didn't attract customers or plain didn't work, such as the original 'box of Cell chips, RAm, and little else' concept for the PS3 design.

RE: Sweet
By SPOOFE on 8/21/2009 3:59:19 PM , Rating: 2
Which do you think is the more valuable feature from Sony's perspective?

"It was fully intended that you, a PS3 owner, could play games, watch movies, view photos, listen to music, and run a full-featured Linux operating system that transforms your PS3 into a home computer." - Sony

They could easily emulate the PS2 well in software on the PS3

If that was true then they would. They don't, so your statement must not be true. They are significantly lagging behind a competitor they had every expectation (according to Sony's own official statements) to be soundly besting by now. They would take any advantage they can get, especially if they could do it "easily" as you assert. They don't; ergo, it's not "easy" as you claim.

RE: Sweet
By dark matter on 8/22/2009 8:46:04 PM , Rating: 2
Alright, you want to run linux on your PS3. You're like 0.5% of the population. Get a grip.

RE: Sweet
By SPOOFE on 8/23/2009 4:34:07 PM , Rating: 2
I don't recall ever stating that I want to run Linux on a PS3. In fact, I don't recall ever stating that I have a PS3. What I want or don't want is immaterial in light of A: what Sony has stated on the issue, and B: demonstrably inaccurate statements made by a prior poster. But hey, if you want to invent words that only exist in your head, be my guest.

RE: Sweet
By MrPoletski on 8/26/2009 4:47:50 AM , Rating: 2
They could easily emulate the PS2 well in software on the PS3 but the actual PS2 still sells so well it doesn't make for a worthy investment.

It's not as easy as you think...

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007
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