Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cell Processor EOL'd

Do you remember the early days of the Playstation 3 hype? Central to that hype was IBM's new "Cell procesor" - a radical new design in CPUs which IBM and Sony promised would provide significantly higher performance than any normal design and would soon be the standard. Fast-forward to 2009, and Sony's Playstation 3 still has not shown a significant advantage to the XBox 360's more classical design, and the Cell processor is used in few applications other than the PS3. Finally, IBM is admitting the inevitable and has announced the end of the Cell processor.

It remains to be seen what CPU will drive the Playstation 4 (or whatever it is called in 2011).

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