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Sony to offer PS2-based home server dubbed PSX

Posted: 03 Jun 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sony? psx? playstation 2? ps2? emotion engine and graphics synthesizer?

The company is rolling over a home server called PSX that employs the PlayStation 2 (PS2) processing engine. The server will be the first in a line of products that Sony intends to promote as a new digital consumer electronics device that integrates game and electronics technology.

"We'll show how digital consumer electronics will make a drastic metamorphosis by using the PS2 engine for PSX," said Ken Kutaragi, executive deputy president of Sony.

The pearl white PSX server measures about one foot square. It integrates a DVDRW, R drive, 120GB hard drive, TV receiver tuner, and PS2 game console into one box. The engine is called "EE+GS@90nm," for a one-chip solution for the Emotion Engine and Graphics Synthesizer fabricated on a 90nm process.

Sony said it plans to introduce PSX by the end of 2003 in Japan and next year in the U.S. and Europe with an appropriate TV receiver tuner for each region.

To avoid copyright-protection issues and direct digital content recording, PSX will initially come with an analog TV receiver tuner, Sony said.

- Yoshiko Hara

EE Times

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