IBM Opens Cell
IBM is opening up plans for the vaunted Cell processor, in hopes that many companies will build systems around it. The Cell is the processor to be used in the PS3 at 3.2GHz. IBM, Sony, and Toshiba developed the chip together, and they have high hopes for the design.
The new microchips employ the advanced research technologies and chip-making techniques, including copper wires, silicon-on-insulator (SOI) transistors and low-K dielectric insulation, with features smaller than 0.10 microns — 1,000 times thinner than a human hair.
IBM said the result will be consumer devices that are more powerful than its Deep Blue supercomputer Latest News about supercomputer, operate at low power and access the broadband Internet at ultra high speeds. Cell will be designed to deliver “teraflops” of processing power.