224w ago - IBM have revealed that the new PS3 Slim carries a revised version of the Cell processor.
The electronics giant have confirmed that the Slim's new Cell is "manufactured using an advanced 45-nanometer manufacturing process" that will deliver "many performance improvements while drawing less power than earlier chips".
These chips are obviously cheaper to produce and, in part, are responsible for the smaller and more power effective PlayStation SKUs.
To quote: "The new chip has been manufactured using an advanced 45-nanometer manufacturing process, an IBM spokesman said. Based on IBM's Power architecture, the chip delivers many performance improvements while drawing less power than earlier chips, IBM has said. The earlier console carried a Cell processor manufactured using the 65-nm process. IBM declined to provide the clock speed of the new Cell processor.
Chip production enhancements for the Cell could deliver some cost benefits to users, said Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research. The chips will become more power efficient and users may see some energy savings, Peddie said.
Smaller chips also cost less to produce, which may have contributed to the lower console price, Peddie said. That could also set the stage for further price drops in the future."
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Ye, i agree that minimizing processor itself by two times is dramatical update.
What about CellX (PowerXCell), i sayed it, becouse they could have put it into new PS3, but it is expensive.
However it probably would be in PS4 - simple evolution. The processor itself is coded same way as Cell BE.
And i supose that there can not be any talk about increasing clock power - Sony need to think about older fat models also.
But remember - PS3 has never used its full-power yet. PPU (Power Processing Unit) is used on its safe-maximum. However, the number of SPUs (Synergatic Processing Unit) varies depending on game. (Max, if i remember correctly, was 5 using GTA5).
So even if they have increased processing power, it wouldn't matter for a year or two - there is no game that uses 6 or 7 SPUs yet. Another talk if Sony would have include CellX processor in PS3, which is 5 times faster then original Cell BE processor used in all PS3 models.