Japan's Nikkan is reporting that Sony and Toshiba
will begin mass production of the 45nm Cell
processor in 2009 -- not this autumn as previously rumored. The smaller chip which cost less than the current 65nm Cell to manufacture also require 40% less power to run. This opens the door to possible price drops on existing PS3 consoles in 2009 as well as slimmer
, cooler running rigs should Sony decide to refresh the industrial design.