"The Cell processor has been both a boon and a burden for Sony. The high-octane processor at the heart of the PlayStation 3 has given Sony's console a competitive edge in performance potential for the current generation of gaming hardware. However, its development has also inflicted a significant dent on the Japanese electronics giant's bottom line, costing Sony approximately $1.7 billion alone, according to recent estimates by financial news service Bloomberg."
Consider cell was a 3 party project between Toshiba, Sony and IBM the 1.7B was just Sony's investment. Also while they still maintain intellectual rights they just sold off the plant to Toshiba for approx 900M.
Last edited by dezzpayne; 2008-01-12 at 04:17 PM.