- As we have been bringing you the first looks at the PS3 TOOL and its internals
, we plan to detail every last part of the PS3 TOOL - starting with the big chip differences.
Today we are focusing on four important chips, specifically the PS3 System Controller, Flash, Flash Controller and IO controller.
Let's start with the System Controller. In the picture (below), it is top center. The System controller, CXR713F120A, is slightly different in part number from that of its retail equivalent (CXR713120).
It is interesting to note that we have also documented this chip in Prototype PS3 systems - meaning that the chip is most likely for old stock, reserved for development systems. Later on, in PS3 TEST's the chip model was changed back to that of its retail equivalent.
The system controller is equivalent to the medulla oblongata of your brain. It controls the systems basic functions - like power. It's the thing that makes your PS3 beep when you power it on. It also has some other interesting features, many of which we are still working on documenting.
To the left of the System Controller are some pads and buttons - the button resets the system, while the pads are for signals...