Thursday, February 7, 2008

Cell Processor shrinks, gamers rejoice

IBM has today announced that it has managed to shrink the size of the Cell Processor that powers your shiny new Playstation 3, among other computing systems, to a respectable 45nm, down from the previous best effort of 65nm. This apparently reduces the power requirements of the cell by a whopping 40%, which means (a) cheaper cooling and (b) more chips can be made on a single wafer, increasing the yield. For you and me dear readers, this means cheaper Playstation 3's are on their way - that is unless Sony decides to ride this one for all the profit they can generate.

IBM shrinks Cell to 45nm. Cheaper PS3s will follow (ArsTechnica)