It appears that the PS3’s Cell Processor has been shrunk down to 65nm already. I have to admit at being quite suprised at this as we all know the Cell is a entirely new type of architecture and I thought this would take longer.
The graphic chip is still 90nm, however since the PS3 has not struggled with overheating this information is not entirely news worthy. However what is is the rumour that the 20GB (Japan only) and 60GB models are being discontinued permanently.
Assuming Google translation is to be relied on (anyone speak Japanese?) the die shrink is prevalent through all 40GB models. The older 20GB and 60GB models, with extra USB ports, card readers and PS2 backwards compatibility are no longer in production. Hirai did suggest that should public demand for the latter feature be great enough, yet another SKU could be introduced to satisfy that need.
So are we only going to have one PS3 SKU in the near future? That 60GB starter pack is looking even more appealing now.
Last Updated: November 14, 2007