Feeds

Sony's PS3 purchased, pulled apart

Screwdrivers at dawn

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

All it took was a Torx wrench. Yes, the first PlayStation 3 autopsies are already starting to appear as console fans with more money than sense take Sony's next-generation machine apart to expose Cell processor, Blu-ray Disc player, Seagate hard drive and assorted chippery.

First up, DailyTech's disassembly includes some rather nice pics - two are shown below, but there are many more with the site's report.

ps3 disassembly - image courtesy dailytech

Opening up the console reveals not only the IBM-made Cell chip but the EE+GS chip used in the last few years' PS2s in place of the original's separate Emotion Engine and Graphics Synthesiser silicon. The EE+GS and other, related chips provided PSone and PS2 compatibility.

ps3 disassembly - image courtesy dailytech

Also revealed: the PS3's monster cooling system based on multiple copper heatpipes and a 16cm fan, along with Rambus-developed XDR memory from Samsung, and Ethernet and storage controllers from Marvell.

Japanese-language site PCWatch, meanwhile, went as far as to expose the PS3's Samsung GDDR 3 graphics memory in its console disassembly, which also extended to the machine's built-in Blu-ray Disc player, the PSU, the Wi-Fi adaptor card and the games controller.

ps3 disassembly - image courtesy pcwatch

ps3 disassembly - image courtesy pcwatch

The most useful aspect of the PCWatch report: it shows you how to remove the console's hard drive and replace it with a new, larger one. ®

ps3 disassembly - image courtesy pcwatch

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.