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SI: Two New PS3 Models Show Up On FCC

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Many news outlets and bloggers have written about two new PS3 models that have recently shown up on the FCC – the CECH-2101A and CECH-2101B. The new models were filed under the alias “Sand Dollar Enterprise,” which is a name Sony used last Fall to slip the PS3 Slim past eagle-eyed enthusiasts who regularly scour the FCC. When new entries appear under the fake name it’s very natural for people to report on this and start speculating.

However, after looking at some of the FCC documents, we’re not really sure how much of a change these two new models will be. In the Class II permissive change letter, Sony asks for the FCC to refer to the Theory of Operation for what exactly changed. This document is obviously confidential and unable to view, but they do mention that the changes do not affect the RF characteristics.

This is quite confusing, because a Class II permissive change is usually one of three things:

  • When the antenna gain of the new antenna of the same type as the originally approved antenna is greater than the antenna gain of the originally tested antenna
  • When the emission levels or reported RF safety levels of the same antenna type increases
  • If the antenna is a different type, has a lower gain than the originally approved antenna and tests show that the spurious emission levels or reported RF safety levels have increased


What we do know is that there is no addition of 801.11n Wi-Fi. There are many theories out there, some of which I found interesting, such as backwards compatibility, USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4, 45nm GPU, and so forth. However, I have the feeling it may just be a lower-cost PS3 Slim. I guess we’ll see!

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