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Article about Sony (i.e. PS3) Cell Processors

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Urban_Moniker, Jan 21, 2005.

  1. Urban_Moniker

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    Howdy people, though people in this forum might like to read this article - http://www.blachford.info/computer/Cells/Cell0.html.

    Very, very interesting when he mentions the potential for Cell chips in AV processing (for a parallelizable function such as this, a single Cell chip will have the same ‘number-crunchability’ as 5 dual-core Opterons!!, and there’s going to be 4 Cells in a PS3!!). HTPC's will never be the same again!

    Anyhow, it can get a bit techie if you’re green about CPU design (though not that much considering the subject matter) but it’s definitely worth it.
     
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    Interesting article, I have been tracking Cell information for a while. IBM/Toshiba are also developing the XBox2 CPU.

    As if Intel has not got enough to worry about with AMD - here comes corporate dinosaur Big Blue.
    IBM has really reshaped its business in recent years (also recently selling of its PC business) and coming up with some fantastic ideas & products (e.g. Blade systems)

    So where is Intel...?
    Its current top of the line Prescott x86 CPU gets more negative press than Intel cares to think about each day. Primarily because it is dogged by heat dissipation issues that can result in the CPU throttling (with the stock cooler). Intel withdrew the launch of the 4ghz version for this very reason.

    Intel is instead tweaking the current Prescott’s with advance features to stay in the game (e.g. Extended Memory 64) and offering faster versions of its EE Extreme Edition (a.k.a. Extremely Expensive Edition).
    Q3.2005 should bring Intel’s first dual core desktop cpu (codename Smithfield) on a 90nm process, but unconfirmed reports are that this is already running hotter than Prescott.
    Q1.2006 is the target for Pressler dual core CPUs on a 65nm process that should fare better.

    Whatever happens 2005/2006 is going to be an important year for processors that could decide the fate of x86.
     

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