Inside the Sony NGP: the CPU and GPU in detail

An ARM Cortex A9 CPU and PowerVR Series5 GPU powers the PSP2

The announcement of the new PSP2 – or PlayStation NGP – included the revelation that the latest bit of gaming gadgetry would come with a quad-core processor and a quad-core GPU.

We were told that the CPU – the beating heart of the NGP – would be based on the new ARM Cortex A9 design and that anImagination TechnologiesSGX5 43MP4+ quad-core GPU would provide the visuals.

But why were these designs chosen for this next generation handheld? And, is the talk of the NGP being as powerful as the PS3 accurate?