Toshiba, Sony and IBM develop Cell processor

IBM, Sony and Toshiba have developed a chip based on the PowerPC architecture that can deliver processing speeds of 4GHz - twice...

IBM, Sony and Toshiba have developed a chip based on the PowerPC architecture that can deliver processing speeds of 4GHz - twice as fast as Intel's new Montecito chip.

Cell is a multicore chip comprising a 64-bit Power processor core and multiple processor cores which work together. IBM said the chip is capable of massive floating point processing, optimised for compute-intensive workloads and demanding multimedia applications, including computer entertainment, movies and other forms of digital content.

IBM intends to develop Cell-based workstations to power digital content creation. Sony and its Computer Entertainments arm plan to lead the development of the Cell-based operating environment by providing the architecture, algorithms, middleware and data structure for tools needed to create digital content for movies and computer entertainment applications.

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