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IBM Shrinks PS3 Chip

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Posted February 8, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

Just as Rick Moranis successfully shrunk the kids, IBM has shrunk the chip that powers the PlayStation 3.

According to Arstechnica:

IBM announced details of a smaller, lower-power version of the Cell BE processor that powers Sony's PlayStation 3. The Cell BE is currently fabricated on IBM's 65nm SOI process, but IBM will soon move the console chip onto the company's much-ballyhooed, next-generation 45nm high-k process.

That doesn't mean anything to us, either, but this does:

Eventually, the cost savings will get passed on to users; it's just a question of when.

How soon and how much depends on whether Sony is more interested in increasing profit in their gaming division or attracting more PS3 users.

arstechnica: IBM shrinks Cell to 45nm. Cheaper PS3s will follow

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