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Anatomy of the Playstation 3
Author: Gabriel Torres
Type: Articles Last Updated: October 9, 2008
Page: 5 of 9
The Blu-Ray Drive

The Blu-Ray drive that comes with Playstation 3 can read BD (Blu-Ray) discs at 2x (72 Mbps, i.e., 9 MB/s), DVDs at 8x (8.1 MB/s) and CDs at 24x (3,600 KB/s). As you can see this is a very simple unit (all Blu-Ray players have a minimum speed of 2x, so 2x here isn’t really an advantage).

Sony Playstation 3
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Figure 17: Playstation 3 Blu-Ray drive.

Sony Playstation 3
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Figure 18: Playstation 3 Blu-Ray drive.

Sony Playstation 3
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Figure 19: Chips used on the Blu-Ray drive.

The chips used on the Blu-Ray drive that comes with the Playstation 3 are the following:

  • Main controller (DSP, Digital Signal Processor): Sony CXD5065
  • Secondary controller (FEP, Front End Processor): Sony CXA2720
  • Motor driver (1): Rohm BA5888FP, used to drive the motors.
  • Motor driver (2): Rohm BD7956FS, used to drive the motors.
  • Flash ROM: Spansion S29AL008D (8 Mbit, 1 MB), used to store the drive’s firmware.
  • RAM (buffer): ESMT M12L64164A-7TG (64 Mbit, 8 MB), so this unit has an 8 MB buffer.
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