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NVIDIA hiring eDRAM engineers - for Sony's PSP2? (and PS4?)

A quick look at NVIDIA's website will reveal that they are currently looking for eDRAM engineers. It's worth noting that they have never shipped any such design, and it seems extremely unlikely to us that anyone in the industry is planning to use eDRAM on products aimed at the PC market. As such, this could be a further confirmation that NVIDIA has the contract for Sony's PSP2 handheld.

Indeed, the original PSP has plenty of eDRAM (2MB for the GPU alone), and the PS2 GPU has its fair share of it too. These chips are manufactured in Sony's own fabs, which thus seem rather well tuned for it. It has already looked extremely likely for a while that NVIDIA would get the contract, as past financial conference calls have had Jen-Hsun Huang say that he believes the original PSP's graphics chip will be the last one developped in-house for any console or CE device. That wouldn't theorically exclude AMD from the contract though, of course - and while it's likely it has been decided by now who won the contract, it's also impossible to be sure.

Still, this eDRAM job offer is a further confirmation of NVIDIA's likely contract with Sony on this project, which you would expect to see shipping around 2009, given the traditional industry cycles. Assuming a royalty-based model, likely per-unit revenue would be between 3 and 5 dollars, in addition to one-time payments. That's not a lot of money for either NVIDIA or AMD nowadays, but it remains financially appealing because of the 100% margins associated with the deal.

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hardwood20013900d ago

WOW first the GeForce 8800 graphic card has a "unified pipeline design" and now nividia is hire for "eDRAM" development. I guess the Xbox 360 really does have a "New-Generation" graphic card design.

Note: The picture I attach with this Article is to symbolizes sony's PS4 graphic card being a complete rip-off(copy cat) of the Xbox 360's "New-Generation" graphic card design.

p.s. I do know the ps2 has eDRAM, but not Xbox 360's "New-Generation" design.

Raist3900d ago

So the PS2 and PSP have eDRAM, but wait, it's not like the xenos ?
And so nVidia copies the 360 ? Why not the PSP and PS2 then lol.

PS3 Ultimate3900d ago

The X Box 360 is'nt anything new with its ''new graphics card'' thats all it is. Its not next generation. On the otherhand, MS did not make Nvidia. PS3 and PS4 will be taking over for many, MANT years!

PS3 Ultimate3900d ago

The X Box 360 is'nt anything new with its ''new graphics card'' thats all it is. Its not next generation. On the otherhand, MS did not make Nvidia. PS3 and PS4 will be taking over for many, MANT years!

JasonPC360PS3Wii3900d ago

are you Juevani? you two have very simular writing styles.

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MikeMichaels3900d ago (Edited 3900d ago )

Potato, pota(h)to.

The original xbox didn't exactly suffer from lack of eDRAM....it's just another route to the same result.

Secondly the article never mentions PS4 in it. Just "maybe" a PSP2.

hardwood20013900d ago

Yes because as we all know nividia and sony has sign a long term deal.

mucho 993900d ago

will that thing even play games? I saw some screens, and it looks like it isn't made for that.

nice_cuppa3900d ago

isnt psp only just selling good numbers ?

why would they be talking about psp2 ?

oh and you know ninty is making gba2 right now and its bound to have some monster tech going like play games by moving your face or something....

...meh

MicroGamer3900d ago (Edited 3900d ago )

If nVidia can turn out a powerful gpu within the confines of a handheld game system. I don't believe they have faced that constraint before. In things like cell phones or other multi-function devices, the graphics don't have to be powerful because they are only part time game machines, but a handheld is different. If it is PSP2, then the graphics have to surpass the original PSP which lies somewhere between a N64 and a PS2. It is going to be hard to improve on that given space limitations and the fact that it can't be allowed to get too hot or draw so much power that it reduces battery life.

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