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PS3 BiOS CXR713120-202GB Chip System Controller Details 550°
332w ago - Here is a translation of an ongoing project from Spanish developer DemonHades (linked above) courtesy of idone, detailing the PS3 BiOS chip being pulled and starting to be traced as follows:

For some time, we have been talking about the PlayStation 3 BiOS, and up to date there is no public info about the IC which does this job and the way it stores the information.

Here is a quick briefing of what we have done so far (pictures in sequence with the below text, spread across the three images below):

Pic #1: The reference of this IC is CXR713120-202GB.

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PS3 Cell Chip Designer Felt 'Contaminated' by Microsoft's XBox 50°
334w ago - A new book from the designer of the heart of Sony's PS3 - the Cell processor - reveals how Sony inadvertently worked with Microsoft on games consoles.

The book, The Race for a New Game Machine, details how Sony, working with Toshiba and IBM to produce the powerful processor found itself in bed with arch-gaming rival Microsoft due to business alliances.

Two authors produced the book: Mickie Phipps who worked with David Shippy. The latter was chief architect for the power processing...

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New Nintendo Wii Drive Revision Blocks Current Wii Mod-chips 50°
337w ago - The Internet is buzzing with multiple reports that there is a new Nintendo Wii revision which blocks all current Wii mod-chips.

Apparently, the drive controller chip has been completely removed and Nintendo has combined the older D1A and driver controller chip into one which is called the GC2-D3.

Therefore, a big space has been left on the motherboard (pictured below) where it used to sit. More pictures and analysis is available at CNGBA (linked above), and to quote via rough translation:

In December 2008 the first major Wii platform, which is available...

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Leadtek to Launch PlayStation 3 Graphics Chip for PCs 100°
341w ago - Leadtek has announced that it will start selling its first PC graphics card based on Toshiba's SpursEngine graphics co-processor next week.

The SpursEngine is based on the same architecture as the CELL that powers the PlayStation 3 and was partly developed by Toshiba.

To quote: Leadtek will next week start selling its first PC graphics card based on Toshiba's SpursEngine graphics co-processor, it announced today.

The WinFast PxVC1100 will hit stories in Japan's Akihabara electronics district from November 19 and will be cost about 29,800 (£199).

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Nintendo Wii SoftChip Backup Loader SVN Release Available 350°
342w ago - Recently requiem4d has posted on GBATemp.net (linked above) news of a new Nintendo Wii "SoftChip" Backup Loader.

From the official Project Page:

Softchip is designed to allow booting of 1:1 backup discs on your Wii.

Goals:

• Allow booting of 1:1 Wii Disc backups Region/Video patching to allow booting of imported discs and backups of imports
• As close to 100% compatibility as possible
• Compatibility with consoles of all drive types
• Allow booting of non-standard...

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Hitachi Unveils Digital Signatures on Stand-Alone Memory Chips 50°
347w ago - Hitachi has announced anti-counterfeiting functionalities on memory chips without microprocessor such as memory cards, tickets or cartridges.

The Japanese company announced today the development of a mechanism for attesting the authenticity of memory chips using highly secure digital signatures.

Since the mechanism requires neither a CPU nor a computational unit, high security can be attained at a very low cost. As a result, counterfeited or altered memory devices can be recognized as such, with a wide range of...

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Nintendo Wii Argon SPI D2E Chip Firmware A2P250 Available! 50°
350w ago - To quote OscarHS from the link above: Dear Customers,

BACK AGAIN ON THE SCENE... here the D2E firmware for ARGON SPI, VERSION JAP / US / PAL! Pls. take care on the diagram, there are some little changes... all is inside the RAR file...

Download: Argon 2.2 D2E Firmware

The firmware was tested here on D2C2 and D2E only and works great... but inside there is the support of D2C and DMS consoles... is apreciated a feedback on these two too...

We didn't lose too much time to test...

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AMD Ships 790GX Gaming Chip 50°
355w ago - AMD announced that it has started shipping the new 790GX graphics chipset targeted at gaming enthusiasts. The chipset features enhanced SB750 southbridge, ATI Radeon HD 3300 chip integration, scalable ATI CrossFireX graphics technology, and Phenom chips with higher overclocking thanks to the new 'Advanced Clock Calibration' technology.

The 790GX is slotted below AMD's existing 790FX chip, which is targeted at the high-end gaming segment. AMD claims the 790GX chip is the world's fastest motherboard GPU (mGPU), with Mark 3D Vantage entry mode scores in excess of 2900.

The...

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