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PS5: New versions – hardware revisions at a glance

The PS5 appeared both with and without an optical drive. What changes come with new versions?

In November 2020, the Playstation 5 was released as a disc and digital edition with revision numbers CFI-1000A and CFI-1000B. In this country and in Europe, Sony assigns the “16” as the third and fourth digit of these hardware revisions, as with the PS4 and PS4 Pro. “00” usually stands for consoles in Japan, the country of origin of the manufacturer.

While in the first editions of the PS5 at least two different fans ensure that the console is as quiet as possible, Sony has been working on an initial revision of the hardware since July 2021, including a new revision number – i.e. official new PS5 versions that will be launched later came.

PS5: Everything about the CFI-1116A version

Website reported a Sony spec sheet for a new PS5 Digital Edition in July 2021, promising a lighter weight of 3.6 kilograms versus 3.9 kilograms for the original Digital Edition version. However, the dimensions and all other specifications are identical. Nevertheless, the revision number CFI-1100B01 is mentioned in the document for the new PS5 Digital Edition.

The following August, the model that (almost) matched the rumors showed up in Australia. It has been confirmed with the listed changes (including the screw for the stand) and is sold under revision number CFI-1102A. The A stands for the disc version. In addition, it was noticed in another document that the vertical base has a knurled screw that can be turned on more easily – ie by hand without the obligatory tools.

At first there were no indications of changes to the inner workings compared to the revision CFI-1000B. As a YouTuber found out in September, Sony has installed a lighter heatsink, which, according to initial assumptions, brings a slightly higher temperature. At least there is also a quieter fan and different WLAN chips. Research showed that while the exhaust air is warmer, the PS5’s processor itself runs cooler for the same power consumption. But the flash memory apparently gets warmer due to the adapted cooler. Gamers Nexus and Digital Foundry came to the same conclusion in mid-September.

Left: the previous PS5;  right: the significantly slimmed-down heatsink of the new version.

First revision update

PS5: New cooler makes Revision CFI-1100 warmer

The PS5 receives the first revision update CFI-1100. It is now clear what Sony has changed. The new version convinces rather little.

Retailers initially named July 20, 2021 as the start date for the new version. This was apparently missed by around a month, or the corresponding time passed between delivery and market launch. Revision CFI-1116A has also arrived in Germany since the beginning of September, as can report after ordering from Otto (PS5 overview page). Other places to go when a drop is available include:

The previous rumor came true, for both consoles (disc and digital). The first signs of an upcoming, general PS5 redesign appeared at the beginning of May. Accordingly, Sony and AMD would switch from 7 to 6 nm production. At the end of May, a Sony patent for a CFI-1115A (USA) was sighted, which gives the disc variant a more powerful WLAN module. The antenna performance should increase from 5.0/3.5 dBi to 6.0/4.05 dBi. It remains to be seen whether further documents or patents (corresponding to the other edition) will appear or whether Sony will even make an announcement. We’d actually guess that both PS5 editions would benefit equally from the improvements.

PS5: New Version – Notes

As of May 2022, more rumors are emerging. A Sony certificate was found for a radio module that is explicitly intended for a “CFI-1200 series”. The new one points more towards further revision than a PS5 Pro. Even with the PS4, with the Pro version, the first of four digits and not just the hundreds place has shifted by one value. There is speculation that Sony is trying to outsmart the pandemic-related supply problems with new sources for the electronics.

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In the following tables, we gradually summarize all the findings that can be found on previous revisions and before any new revisions are announced. We’re trying to gradually bring the information into an overview, as you will find at the end of the article on Playstation 4.


PS5: Hardware Revisions

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revision available info
CFI-1016A Playstation 5 Disc Edition (at least two different fans)
CFI-1016B Playstation 5 Digital Edition (at least two different fans)
CFI-1116A new WLAN chip / lighter heatsink and alternative screw on the base / quieter fan
CFI-1116B new WLAN chip / lighter heatsink and alternative screw on the base / quieter fan
CFI-1200 cheaper WLAN chip?

The following specs for the Playstation 5 Disc and Digital Edition naturally refer to the first variants that have appeared. Nothing or very little should change in the data before a PS5 Pro could be on the agenda after a possible PS5 Slim. Incidentally, vague rumors see this as a premium console for 700 US dollars in 2023 for 8K TVs. So far, however, the reports have not been particularly reliable. We collect what other rumors about the PS5 Pro are in the linked article for you.

CFI-1000A/B Specs

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PS5 Disc & Digital Edition Spec
CPU 8 cores @ 3.5 GHz (variable frequency)
CPU architecture zen 2
GPU 10.28 TFLOPs – 36 CUs @ 2.23 GHz (variable frequency)
GPU architecture Custom RDNA 2
RAM/memory interface 16GB GDDR6/256-bit
memory bandwidth 448GB/s
Internal storage medium Custom 825GB SSD
throughput 5.5GB/s – 8-9GB/s (compressed)
Primary storage expansion NVMe SSD slot
External memory expansion USB hard drive
optical drive optional 4K UHD Blu-ray
sound Tempest 3D Audio Tech

We will update this article as new information becomes available. At this point, we can only speculate as to what changes Sony is making to the PS5. Historically, an optimization of production and internal components should be pending. This is supported by the indications of a finer production and the WLAN chip.

PS4 revisions: digression

Let’s think back to the PS4, Sony released three different devices (PS4, PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro), which came to a total of ten different revision numbers per region in around five years. The “CUH-” prefix was followed by the numbers 10xx, 11xx, 12xx (PS4 each), 20xx (Slim), 70xx, 71xx, and 72xx (Pro each). For both the Slim and the CUH-11 and -12xx consoles, there was still a distinction between A (500 GB) and B (1 TB) depending on the storage space.

  1. CUH-1016 (November 2013: Original PS4)
  2. CUH-1116A (Mid 2014: optimized production, new colors)
  3. CUH-1116B (July 2015: 1TB HDD)
  4. CUH-1216A (July 2015: matte hard drive cover, less power consumption, quieter fan)
  5. CUH-1216B (September 2015: 1TB HDD)
  6. CUH-2016A (September 2016: PS4 Slim, smaller design, USB 3.1 upgrade at the front, no more optical audio output, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 5 GHz)
  7. CUH-2016B (April 2017: 1TB HDD)
  8. CUH-7016B (September 2016: PS4 Pro, more power for 4K TVs)
  9. CUH-7116B (Late 2017: Optimization of internal components, quieter)
  10. CUH-7216B (October 2018: new power supply, even quieter)

To list the most important changes in the revisions, we have concentrated on the variants for Europe. The PS4 Pro never came with a 500GB hard drive variant. Consequently, there is no CUH-7016A, -7116A or -7216A.

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Zyxel presents its new XGS2220 switches

The firm Zyxel has presented its new XGS2220 switches, a line of switches that is designed to cover the needs of SMEs without problems, both in terms of security and performance, two important keys taking into account the role that networks play today in any company.

The new Zyxel XGS2220 switches have a classic design and format, which simplifies and facilitates its integration into our SME, and are prepared to support the latest Technologys in the sector. In total we will find six different models with different configurations that will adapt to the specific needs of each SME, and to their budget.

Base model includes 24 Gigabit Ethernet ports, while the most advanced model has a total of 48 Gigabit Ethernet ports. We can also choose between three models with PoE (Power Over Ethernet) interface, and a fiber-based model. These new switches can be managed independently or through the cloud thanks to the Nebula platform.

Zyxel has confirmed that all models of the XGS2220 series comes with a free year of Nebula Pro, which means that we will be able to enjoy advanced IGMP technology and network analysis alerts, as well as the simplicity, scalability and flexibility of Zyxel’s Nebula network solution.

Gonzalo Echeverría, country manager of Zyxel Iberia, has commented:

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“The new XGS2220 series provides our customers with a powerful solution for the increasing bandwidth demands of today’s devices. Our new series of switches has been designed to handle this pressure and equally provide different new features and management options to make the operation as easy as possible for the user”.

Zyxel’s XGS2220 switches easily adapt to environments with a consumption value between 400 and 960 wattsallows us to easily integrate WiFi 6/6E access points, VoIP, surveillance and AV devices in the network, they have flexible uplinks (up to six 10G uplinks, four 10G SFP+ and two 10G multi-giga RJ 45), support network mode AV, have Layer 2 functions (QinQ VLAN tunneling, VLAN translation) and Layer 3 static routing capabilities.

More information: Zyxel.

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D-Link supports the initiative “Digitalize your Town”

The well-known company D-Link has renewed its support for the “Digitalize your Town” initiative, and on this occasion it has opted for a new educational competition Aimed at students in the 4th year of ESO and 1st year of Baccalaureate, whose objective is the creation of projects that can be used to contribute to the development and digitization in rural areas. These projects are focused on solving real problems in their towns and regions.

This competition has the participation of the Higher Technical School of Telecommunications Engineers (ETSIT) of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM), and the truth is that it is a very interesting proposal and with a very clear value for everything it represents, and because it encourages younger students to venture into the world of technology, and specifically in network solutions.

Digitizing emptied Spain is quite a challenge, and this competition picks up the gauntlet without any fear. In it will participate 20 teams of students from educational centers spread over different provinces linked to the rural environment, such as Ávila, Cáceres, León, Murcia, Soria, Teruel, Zamora and Zaragoza. The competition of this second edition of “Digitalize your town” began in December 2022 and will end on June 21, 2022, with an awards ceremony that will take place in Aranda de Duero (Burgos).

As tutors of the teams they have participated university students studying telecommunications on different Spanish campuses at the UPM, and also at the University of Zaragoza, the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the University of Valladolid and the Polytechnic University of Cartagena. His mission has been to guide and support the contestants in the development of the proposals.

The objective of the project is promote training in digital skills for the new generations, as well as encourage STEAM vocations (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths). In the same way, it is intended that all parties involved in the initiative become aware of the problem of depopulation in rural areas, seeing it as an attractive environment for entrepreneurship in which to develop their professional career.

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At the corporate level, this second edition of “Digitalize your Town” It has the participation of companies such as D-Link, Huawei and the Cellnex foundationin addition to the involvement of the Aranda de Duero City Council and the support of Teleco Renta (plan to promote Telecommunications studies).

The theme of the projects presented is very broad and the quality of the presentations and their detail is outstandingwith videos and different materials that explain what the project is for and how it has been carried out both at the component and software level.

All the teams They have focused on proposing solutions to real problems in their towns or regions within the field of transport, health, agriculture or livestock. There are also proposals related to tourism. The jury, made up of experts from the telecommunications sector, including D-Link, will choose the 3 winners. In addition, another prize will be awarded to the team that obtains the highest number of “likes” on the competition’s Instagram and YouTube accounts with the presentation video of its proposal.

Antonio Navarro, general director of D-Link Iberia, has commented:

«We are very grateful to the UPM and to ETSIT for having given us the possibility of continuing to contribute our grain of sand to the promotion of engineering applied to rural areas. At D-Link we have the necessary technology to facilitate Internet access in rural areas where there is no broadband infrastructure, with various ranges of 4G/5G devices, as well as access points that allow long-distance radio links to extend the coverage to villages or isolated areas from Internet access nodes”.

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Wolters Kluwer and the Linkids Foundation participate in the rehabilitation of a nursery school in The Gambia

Last February the inauguration took place in The Gambia of the new nursery school Dr. Ancha Nursery. This recently opened educational center once again welcomes 70 boys and girls from the town of Babylon, near Lamin, between the ages of 3 and 6.

This is a rehabilitation and improvement project that is part of the financing shared between Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting Spain and the linkids foundation. The children’s center in the town of Gambia had been closed for almost two years, after the decree by the Gambian government to close it, and it was found with significant damage that prevented its normal activity.

The Dr. Ancha Nursery school is a reality once again

The minors of Babylon were left without school after the rains that occurred in the summer of 2021 ended up destroying the entire back of the school and consequently leaving other rooms such as the bathrooms, the facade or the school itself unable to be used. inside the classrooms.

The opening day was experienced as a party by all, especially by the 70 children who have thus recovered their educational center. The general director of Wolters Kluwer, Tomás Font, together with the president of the Linkids Foundation, Yeray Rivero, were in charge of the inaugural act.

The rehabilitation and adaptation of the space has consisted of the construction of a protective wall to prevent the rains from destroying the school again, and it has been reinforced both interior and exterior structures to avoid flooding. In the same way, the classrooms have been conditioned, equipped and decorated, all the furniture has been replaced, the toilets and the entrance patio have been rehabilitated, as well as the installation of a new water supply system through a deposit.

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As part of the speech on the opening day of the Dr. Ancha Nursery center, the general director of Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting Spain declared that both he and his company felt a great pride to be able to get involved in a project of such caliberand they believe that with their contribution they will create a better world, especially for the most disadvantaged child population.

In the same way, Tomàs Font assured that “At Wolters Kluwer we are convinced that education is the engine of progress in societies and we work to create learning opportunities, one of the objectives of the SDGs”.

The Wolters Kluwer Tax company adheres to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as part of an initiative carried out by the United Nations and which encompasses a total of 17 goals in the economic, social and environmental fields. .

For its part, the Linkids Foundation offers great development possibilities for social support actions both in the Canary Islands and in West Africa. The president of the foundation, Yeray Rivero gave a speech to those present in which he stated that they felt “proud to have a company like Wolters Kluwer that allows us to continue reinforcing our commitment to the development of the people who need it most and bet on creating positive futures”.

The vice president of the Linkids Foundation, Yaiza Aguiar, was later in charge of cutting the inaugural ribbon that thus opened a new stage for the school, the minors and the town. With this support between both companies in the restructuring and rehabilitation of the center, the families of Babylon can now enjoy an educational space with all the conditions.

Font stated that “All the employees and partners of Wolters Kluwer have contributed for years with our personal and collective effort in the development of a more sustainable and socially responsible business activity”and it is that the company of software solutions, information and services already has previously participated in other solidarity projects with the countrysuch as the fundraising for the Smiles for Gambia project of the NGO ASEDA Gambia and which had the support of all the employees.

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