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The Cell processor at 90nm as it exists in current PS3s
PlayStation 3 chip shrunken to lower costs

IBM announced today that the company has begun producing a new, 65-nanometer version of the Cell Broadband Engine at IBM's state-of-the-art East Fishkill, New York microchip production facility.

Cell processors found in current Sony PlayStation 3 consoles and IBM BladeCenter servers are manufactured on a 90-nanometer process. Shrinking a chip’s die allows more processors to be produced per wafer, a key factor in driving down production costs.

Sony is desperately trying to reduce the costs of its PlayStation 3, as each console is still being sold below cost of manufacture. iSuppli estimates that each Cell chip costs Sony $89, more than a tenth of the entire bill of materials for the PlayStation 3. The shift to 65-nanometer would significantly reduce the cost of the Cell processor.

Aside from costs, other advantages of moving to a smaller process include lower power consumption needs, less heat production—both of which potentially leading to more reliable systems.

Moving to 65-nanometer is just another method for Sony to cost reduce its console. Last month, Sony announced that its European PlayStation 3 consoles will ship without the Emotion Engine chip, a component used for backwards compatibility with PlayStation 2 games, in an effort to save $27 in material costs.

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By FITCamaro on 3/13/2007 12:25:33 PM , Rating: 2
The huge majority of people won't know the difference since they don't read sites like this. So people aren't going to run out and buy one now that its on a smaller processing scale.

I know I'm not. I'll eventually get one probably but it's not going to be this year. When they get the price in line with other consoles, then I'll think about it. I could care less about Blu-ray so I don't feel like paying the premium for it because Sony tells me to. DVDs look great on my 42" DLP as it is.

By Teletran1 on 3/13/2007 1:57:17 PM , Rating: 2
I thought the same way until I actually had HD movies in the home. They don't look like DVD at all. Its really no comparison. Sure some movies don't blow you away but a lot do. If you are going to spend the money on a HDTV you might as well us it.

By FITCamaro on 3/13/2007 11:02:30 PM , Rating: 1
I do with my HD cable.

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