Cell Soon more Efficient
The Cell processor will become more effecient soon, but not soon enough for the PS3 launch.
Power consumption of the Playstation 3â€™s Cell processor may be reduced by up to 40%, thanks to new technologies developed by IBM and AMD.
IBM and AMD have employed two different techniques which fall into a category known as â€™silicon strainingâ€™. Essentially, these techniques allow electrons to travel faster, thereby reducing a chipâ€™s power requirements without sacrificing chip performance.
This is great news for the PlayStation 3, which will have lots of electronics packed into a small space. Unfortunately, the new and improved cell will only start being manufactured in the second half of 2006. Not enough for the first generation of PlayStation 3’s. (I hope!)