Cell processor gets small, cheaper to build
IBM today announced that their factory in East Fishkill, New York was now producing a 65nm version of the Cell Processor. Up until now, the Cell could only be made in a 90nm version. This smaller chip size will mean that Cell Processors can be manufactured at a third less cost, along with consuming less power.
Cell Processor was a multi-year project jointly developed by Sony, Toshiba and IBM. This new manufacturing method will no doubt be a boon for Sony, which uses Cell as the core of their PS3 console. The next smallest chip size, 45nm, is expected to roll out in a couple years.