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Sony PSP Details Revealed

Details have been announced regarding Sony's PSP today. First off, the cpu is over 300Mhz (that's faster clockwise than the PS2 albeit only 32-bit compared to PS2's 128-bit chipset). Graphics performance-wise it is 33 million polygons a second and supports curved surfaces apparently. Most importantly, it supports hardware clipping, yay! (the PS2 utilizes software clipping and is a serious Achilles heel)

It will also have wireless lan built-in from the get-go.

Overkill perhaps? How much is this thing going to cost? Note also, it is a TFT screen, you aren't going to be able to play this baby outdoors unless it has a serious backlight of some kind.

Anyone remember the Atari Lynx?


90nm Semiconductor Process

Dual MIPS R4000 core

Vector Floating Engines

Reconfigurable DSP Engine(VME)

Advanced 3D Graphics Engine

AVC(MPEG4) Decoder

AES Crypto System


Digital Entertainment Functions:

3D-CG Game

7.1ch Audio, 3D Sound

ATRAC3 plus, AAC, MP3 for Music

AVC/MP for Picture / Movie

16:9 Widescreen TFT LCD

Embedded Wireless LAN802.11

Li-ion Battery

Extension for GPSDigital Tuner...

Optical Disc

Large Capacity3x to CD-ROM

Media for Game/Music/Movie/Publishing

Lower Manufacturing Cost

Minimize Inventory Risk

Repoat Ordering System

Parental Lock System

Regional Code System

Copy Protection

UMD - Universal Media Disc


Laser Diode:660nm

Dual Layer :1.8GB

Transfer Rate:11Mbps

Shock Proof

Secure ROM by AES

Unique Disc ID

CPU core

MIPS R4000 32bit Core

128bit Bus

1333MHz 1.2V

Main Memory :8MBeDRAM

Bus Bandwidth :2.6GB/sec

I-Cache, D-Cache

FPU, VFPUVector Unit:2.6GFlops

3D-CG Extended Instructions

Media Engine

MIPS R4000 32bit Core

128bit Bus

1333MHz 1.2V

Sub Memory:2MBeDRAMˡ2.6GB/sec

I-Cache, D-Cache

90nm CMOS

Graphics Core 1

3D Curved Surface 3D Polygon

Compressed Texture

Hardware Clipping, Morphing, Bone(8)

Hardware Tessellator

Bezier, B-Spline(NURBS)

ex 4416166464 sub-division

reduce program /data

reduce memory footprint bus traffic

Graphics Core 2

Rendaring EngineǡܡSurface Engine

256bit Bus, 1-166 MHz 1.2V


Bus Bandwidth :5.3GB/sec

Pixel Fill Rate :664 M pixels/sec

max 33 M polygon /secTL

24bit Full Color:RGBA

Sound Core

Reconfigurable DSPs

128bit Bus

166MHz 1.2V

5 Giga Operations /sec


3D Sound, Multi-Channel

Synthesizer, Effecter, ġ

AVC Decoder

AVCH.264 Decoder

Main Profile

Baseline Profile


2HoursHigh QualityˡDVD Mobie

4HoursStandard QualityˡCS Digital


USB 2.0

Memory Stick

Extension Portreserved

Stereo Head phone Out


Wireless LAN802.11


USB 2.0

Here are some links (in japanese).

Famitsu 1

Famitsu 2


We also hear that there are already some famous PS2 titles being ported to it.