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90nm chips still in use by PlayStation 3

With the release of the 40GB PlayStation 3 nearing worldwide proportions, some took one look at the specifications sheet and assumed that it contained 65nm chips after noticing that the latest SKU is a good bit less power-hungry than the 60 or 80GB models. While the 40GB PS3 does indeed draw less juice, Sony says that the latest hardware still runs 90nm chips.

According to information received by German publication Heise Online, the new 40GB PlayStation 3 hardware does not yet include 65nm chips, but rather still makes use of the same 90nm technology as in all other PS3 consoles. Sony said that 65nm chips would be introduced sometime in the coming months.

So how does Sony account for the power consumption drop from 200 Watts down to a more palatable 135 Watts? Apparently it’s due to improvements and modifications on the original design.

For one thing, the 40GB PlayStation 3 no longer has to house and power any chips related to PS2 backwards-compatibility. That means that the new hardware is completely without the Emotion Engine+Graphics Synthesizer chips and memory.

The 40GB PS3 also does not include the added hardware to support a memory card reader and only has to power two USB ports rather than four, leading to a further reduction in power consumption.


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RE: Missing the Old Games
By wallijonn on 11/6/2007 12:34:59 PM , Rating: 2
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its still a 90nm processor, so no savings there. The only savings are in removing BC, smaller HD, and a few USB ports, well guess what?, BC is for sure a big chunk of those savings.


Then take out the HD and sell me the PS3 for $279.99, the same price as the 360 Arcade. Oh, wait, there's that whole BD thingie... So take out the ability to play BD movies and sell it to me for $280 and make sure I can save my games to internal memory.

But I bet you no one would buy it. Add a firm ware update to be able to play HD-DVD movies along with BD? Start the price at $750.

Personally, I own a PS2. I wouldn't need BC in the PS3 only because it would probably be too painful to play the games, at least the earlier PS2 games. But people who buy GoW III may want to be able to play GoW I and GoW II, just as the people who buy a 360 would like to be able to play all three Halo games. I'll probably pick up a 360 Arcade and fore go the ability to play older games.

So if Sony wants to remove the ability to play games on the PS3 and make it a stand alone BD player for $100 less, that'd be fine with me, too. Just make sure you include the remote controller with it. You can call it the BD1.


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