AMD May Supply GPU for PlayStation 4, Say Former Employees

It appears that AMD may actually have won the contract to supply the chip. Former AMD employees told Forbes that AMD may play a "key role" in this next product. Both AMD and Sony declined to comment on the statement. Sony even denied the existence of a potential PlayStation 4.

Forbes' information attributed to an industry source with unknown credibility and unknown access to current information leaves quite a bit of room for interpretation. Does "key role" refer to graphics alone or more? In the end, there have been no recent news about the continued development of the Cell Broadband Engine, the heart of the PS3. The PS3 Slim received the most recent version of the chip, a 45 nm shrink, in August 2009. IBM, who played a critical role in the development of the chip, said in 2009 that it had halted the development of a Cell processor with 32 SPUs. The two most recent ISSCC events, which have historically been prominent venues for Sony to reveal new developments for the Cell technology, did not include news about the processor.

There is not much substance to this information at this time, but any part of Sony's next console would be an attractive deal for AMD. Of course, it is most likely that AMD would be the graphics chip supplier for this game console. Nvidia currently provides its IP for the RSX graphics chip built into the PS3. The GPU ships as a 40 nm version with a 550 MHz clock speed.

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  • scook9
    granterI cross my fingers for Radeon 8970! or something like that.

    Then you clearly do no understand how consoles work.....expect a 6870 at best in it
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  • killabanks
    would make sense since microsoft has been very happy leaving nvidia and so has been nintendo.
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  • slabbo
    If AMD locks in all three next gen consoles, that's gonna be a lot of money in the bank for them for the next 5-8 years, just by making older chips. Which is something that GloFo might actually be able to pull off for once...or not!
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  • Granter
    I cross my fingers for Radeon 8970! or something like that.
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  • killabanks
    would make sense since microsoft has been very happy leaving nvidia and so has been nintendo.
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  • dharmenparikh
    I really hope the PS4 has at a minimum a Radeon 6970 2gb...and not the crappy Radeon 6670 that the Xbox 720 will have.

    Sony needs to counter the cheap console idea...and make 2 versions of the PS4. One that costs $600-$700 and has something like a Radeon 7950 3gb..and another $350-$400 one with a cheap card for casual gamers. They may make less profit in the first 1-2 yrs...but as die shrinks come in...the cost will lower and they will make more money on the expensive console. It will also mean that their console aint obsolete in 3-4 yrs.

    I like playing Bf3 on ultra on my pc...but I also want to play God of War on ultra someday. We really need 2gb+ of vram for eye candy on console...this way Pc gamers will benefit too.

    What do you guys think?
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