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Sony's Ken Kutaragi
Sony revises its PS3 launch schedule

Well, here's some rather interesting news from the Sony camp. Sony has originally planned on a November 17 global launch for the PlayStation 3, but those plans have been completely hosed. It is now reported that Sony will delay the launch of the PS3 in Europe until March of 2007. To make matters even worse, Sony is only going to make available 500,000 total units split between the United States (400,000) on November 17 and Japan (100,000) on November 11.

"We decided to focus on the Japanese and U.S. markets. I am so sorry not to be able to answer to all the expectations," said Sony CEO Ken Kutaragi. Problems with manufacturing blue laser diodes are putting a serious strain on PS3 production and are part of the reason for the delay and low launch numbers. Kutaragi went on to say “We've been working hard to try to tackle the problem, but we see the delay is inevitable."

Mass production of Sony's Cell processor isn't even expected to start until the end of this month according to Kutaragi. And as a result of this production snag, Sony has revised its shipping estimates from 4 million units at the end of 2006 to just 2 million. Bottom line: if you thought you were going to have trouble getting a PS3 this year, your chances just got much worse.

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RE: i guess...
By rushfan2006 on 9/7/2006 10:18:35 AM , Rating: 2
BTW we have absolute control over what we build, we however have no control over the weather hence why we can predict the yields of something based on a small sample while the weather forecasting is rather inaccurate if we are predicting what it will be in a month.

Wrong. The ultimate wrong assumption of mankind is the illusion that they have total and ultimate control over anything. We can control quality, we can plan endlessly, to increase the CHANCE of a high quality/desired results. However there is no guarantees -- such is live and the nature of it. There's no way to predict unforseen financial problems, supply chain issues, workforce issues, production machine issues..maybe the supplies you need to BUILD a critical part were in a truck that had an accident on the way to the facility and it all got destroyed.

So absolute control is an illusion at best, and straight out fantasy at worse.

RE: i guess...
By rushfan2006 on 9/7/2006 10:19:32 AM , Rating: 2
*are no

RE: i guess...
By Strunf on 9/7/2006 9:48:14 PM , Rating: 2
"However there is no guarantees"
Sure there are ... if you make something to work and conceive it correctly it will work 99% (or more) of the time. In the case of SONY I don’t have any doubts the yields were perfectly predictable from the start, the moment you start sampling the pieces for the prototypes you can have a very good figure of the yields, it's like the CELL, IBM has been speaking of the yields since a really long time, probably since the day they made their first sample.

"maybe the supplies you need to BUILD a critical part were in a truck that had an accident on the way to the facility and it all got destroyed."
Hence why most companies don’t wait till the last minute for a critical component, they not only think sometimes YEARS ahead but make sure their supplier has enough pieces for them and maybe even think of another just in case... in the case of SONY they can buy the blue diodes from Pioneer since they said they don’t have any problem and will fully respect their engagements...

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