Sony, Toshiba and IBM will start mass production on a 45nm
version of the Cell processor in 2009, according to Japan's Nikkan
. We first heard about the 45 nm shrinkage in February 2008
, when Ars Technica reported the smaller chips would run off only 80 watts of power (compared to the 200 watts of the 90nm Cell when the PlayStation 3 first launched).
There is no reported time frame indicating when in 2009 production will begin. The new chip will also be cheaper to produce, meaning Sony is approximately
200% more likely to use these for PS3 production as soon as feasibly possible.