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Cell processor to debut in fourth quarter

Posted: 14 May 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:sony? sony computer entertainment? ibm? cell processor?

Sony Corp., Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and IBM Corp. jointly announced that the first application of the cell processor will be a workstation for a digital content creation. They also said the first cell-based prototype will be ready in the fourth quarter.

The cell processor, under a development effort by Sony group, IBM and Toshiba Corp., aims for teraflop-level performance.

The processor will be the heart of the next-generation of PlayStation 2. Hence, a workstation design will initially serve as the development environment for PlayStation "3".

Detailed performance metrics for the cell processor have yet to be disclosed. It is known to have a parallel processing architecture and teraflops floating point level computing power.

Ken Kutaragi, executive deputy president and COO at Sony Corp. and of the Sony entertainment unit, was the driving force behind development of the cell processor. Sony, IBM and Toshiba launched the development project in 2001. By integrating a Deep Blue-level computer in one processor, Kutaragi advocated integrating a broadband network and a platform that can handle movie theater-quality digital video content.

"Cell [processor] has enormous power for creating broadband content," Kutaragi said in a statement. "Today, movies and games are sharing the same world and characters on a common database. Within a few years, both forms of entertainment will be fused and become indistinguishable, offering a seamless experience in the home. Together with IBM, the three companies aim to offer technology that will accelerate the paradigm shift in digital entertainment."

The Sony unit developed a workstation dedicated to digital content creation using a processor based on the Emotion Engine, the core engine for Playstataion2. This time, Sony and workstation leader IBM intend to build a workstation more suitable for digital content creation.

"The cell-based workstations we are creating with Sony and SCEI will deliver scalable, supercomputer-like performance to the media, entertainment and video game industries," said John Kelly, IBM's SVP and group executive.

IBM will develop the cell-based workstations while the Sony group develops the operating environment.

- Yoshiko Hara

EE Times

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