Developers Show Off PS3 Chip

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Developers of the Sony PlayStation 3’s microchip are unveiling the product in San Francisco at a technology conference.

The chip has been in the works for three years by IBM, Sony and Toshiba and is supposed to be ten times faster than current processors.

“The supercomputer-like processing and performance of the Cell processor-based workstation is just the beginning of what we expect will be a wide range of powerful next-generation solutions resulting from our joint development efforts,” stated IBM vice president Colin Parris in November.

A Times Online article explains,

“Whereas most existing microchips contain several cores that all work on the same task, the new chip is divided into entirely separate “cells” that can work independently on different tasks.

What this means in practice is that computers linked together in a network can borrow unused processing power from each other, making the most efficient use of their computing capabilities. For example, if two PlayStation 3 consoles were connected via the internet, one could use part of the other’s Cell chip to complete processor-intensive tasks such as downloading video content.”

A functional PlayStation 3 is supposed to be shown in May, but the console is not expected to launch until 2006.

Chris is a staff writer for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest ebusiness news.

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