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  • IBM: Very Low Yield On The Cell Processor

    http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=3295

    IBM is saying that the Cell processor will have a yield of 10 to 20%, and that's even if they are lucky. The rest have only up to half of the cores running.

    The main worry is about the PlayStation 3. It needs chips with 7 of the 8 cores working. So that means that only around 20% of the chips IBM makes could be used by the Ps3.

    Another problem is that cores might fail while the system is in use:

    "In the interview, Reeves also talks about failure rate as there is a possibility that one of the cores in the Cell will "blow" at any given time. Reeves says that usually, testing during fabrication stages will detect whether a core or more will be problematic. Using electrical "fuses", IBM can "blow" out a core during wafer testing. When asked what would happen if a 7-core PlayStation 3 ends up losing another core during operation, Reeves stated that the user would simply send the unit back for replacement. Unfortunately, this only applies if the console is still under warranty -- if it isn't, the console is dead."

    I hope Sony doesn't have any shortage on Ps3 units. But from the look of it, it might be worse then the Xbox 360.

  • #2
    This is good, this means preorder ASAP and then sell for 5 grande on ebay.
    Last edited by Cole2026; Fri 14th Jul '06, 3:13pm.

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    • #3
      Yep, although I'm just going to wait until the Xbox 360 drops in price and then get one of them. The PS3 just seems to be too much hassle for what its worth.

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        Sony developed the Playstation game console because Nintendo commissioned them to make a CD player for the original NES to increase the original NES' capacity, but after Sony made it, Nintendo backed out of the deal and Sony did not want to take a loss, so to recoup its investment, Sony took what it developed and turned it into the Playstation game console. All things considered, they should settle for breaking even and get out of the video games market before the net profits from its game console division become red, rather than green.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Shining Arcanine View Post
          Sony developed the Playstation game console because Nintendo commissioned them to make a CD player for the original NES to increase the original NES' capacity, but after Sony made it, Nintendo backed out of the deal and Sony did not want to take a loss, so to recoup its investment, Sony took what it developed and turned it into the Playstation game console. All things considered, they should settle for breaking even and get out of the video games market before the net profits from its game console division become red, rather than green.
          It was actually a blunder on both sony and nintendo, sony did take some of their jont work with them when nintendo chose to presue other companies. The PS1/2/3 controler is still a SNES controler with 2 extra top buttons on it really.

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