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A slimmer PlayStation 3 could hit the shops this summer, because Sony’s finally said when it’ll begin replacing the console’s 65nm Cell chip.

David Reeves, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, told The Guardian that Sony is looking to replace the console’s current 65nm chip – produced by Toshiba – with a 45nm one “probably in middle of year”.

The new chip would enable Sony to slim down the bulky and heavy PS3, because the 45nm chip doesn’t consume as much power as the current one. In turn, this would allow Sony to scale down the PS3’s power brick and cooling system.

Crucially, the 45nm chip would be just as powerful as its predecessor.

In September 2008, Toshiba said it had inked plans to begin mass-production of the 45nm Cell chip in early 2009. Toshiba will also use the 45nm Cell chip in its TVs. ®

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