PS3 Slim Has Updated 45-nm Cell/B.E. Chip

When the PS3 Slim debuted earlier this week, the immediate takeaway from the reveal was that the redesigned console was 33 percent smaller, 36 percent lighter and consumes 34 percent less power.

Buyers will also be paying less and getting more, with the $100 drop to $299 and the hard drive getting bumped from 80 GB to 120 GB.

Inside, however, there was also another shrink job at play. According to the IDG News Service, the new PS3 Slim utilizes a Cell Broadband Engine CPU manufactured using a 45-nm process.

The outgoing, larger models of PlayStation 3 use a 65-nm Cell/B.E., and the original launch units (which had the PS2 backwards compatibility) run the hottest with the 90-nm chips.

While IBM confirmed that the Cell chip had indeed undergone a process shrink, Nvidia hasn't spoke out on whether or not the RSX graphics chip in the PS3 is now made using a more advanced process.

Either way, the 45-nm Cell processor helps to explain a decent amount of the power savings.

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  • Saving power is good! : o )
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  • This is pretty sweet actually. I like the whole idea behind the new thin design. Lower power, lower price, smaller size... everything was enhanced. Screw PS2 compatibility... GET A PS2!
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  • mlopinto2k1This is pretty sweet actually. I like the whole idea behind the new thin design. Lower power, lower price, smaller size... everything was enhanced. Screw PS2 compatibility... GET A PS2!
    Buy a PS2 for $100 and a PS3 doe $300 and we're back to the original PS3...
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  • Saving power is good! : o )
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  • This is pretty sweet actually. I like the whole idea behind the new thin design. Lower power, lower price, smaller size... everything was enhanced. Screw PS2 compatibility... GET A PS2!
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  • mlopinto2k1This is pretty sweet actually. I like the whole idea behind the new thin design. Lower power, lower price, smaller size... everything was enhanced. Screw PS2 compatibility... GET A PS2!
    Buy a PS2 for $100 and a PS3 doe $300 and we're back to the original PS3...
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