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PS3 Still Using 90nm Chips

Unfortunately, reports that Sony had started to use a 65nm version of the Cell processor in its 40GB PlayStation 3 consoles have turned out to be false, with a Sony spokesperson saying that the new version of the PS3 continues to use 90nm chips. However, it’s not all bad news because the new 40GB PS3 has been updated so that it uses less power – the original model would use 180W to 200W, compared to the updated model which uses just 120W to 140W. Sony has said it is still planning to release a 65nm version of the Cell, but for the time being it looks like gamers will have to stick with 90nm PS3s.Source: Engadget

New PS3s Shipping with 65nm Chips

Sony has rather quietly decided to introduce a new 65nm version of the Cell processor into its new 40GB PlayStation 3 models, which has helped to significantly reduce the console’s power consumption. With the older models, the machine would require 200W when running, whilst the new model only uses 135W. Not only does it mean reduced power consumption, but the new 65nm Cell should hopefully allow the console to run cooler and quieter. Sony has also altered the 40GB version to include a smaller heat pipe, a new motherboard version and added a battery so the console keeps time when disconnected from the mains.Source: Engadget

Sony in Trouble for Cell Patent Infringement

Many people will be familiar with Sony’s Cell Broadband Engine, the processor which powers the company’s famous PS3 games console. However, a 15-year-old patent for "synchronized parallel processing with shared memory" could spell trouble for the firm if the Parallel Processing Corporation is victorious in a recent lawsuit against Sony. The Parallel Processing Corporation claims that Sony’s Cell processor infringes the patent and has caused “irreparable harm and monetary damage" – the patent was originally granted to a company called International Parallel Machines on 8th October 1991, but the Parallel Processing Corporation now claims to be the “exclusive licensee” for it. If successful, this has the potential to be much more serious than the well known rumble lawsuit, considering that the Cell processor isn’t something that can be easily changed for the PS3. Sony is yet to give a statement about this issue, instead saying doesn’t comment on pending litigation.Source: Reg Hardware
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