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IBM Announces Cell Processor Development to be Phased Out


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242w ago - Update: [Register or Login to view links] has now received clarification on this from IBM, to quote: "only one CPU development cycle is being 'halted' which is the successor to the current PowerXCell-8i cpu. IBM have said they are planning to work on other CPU's in the Cell Processor 'family'."

Today PlayStationUniversity.com (linked above) is reporting that IBM's Vice President David Turek [Register or Login to view links] that Cell processor development will be phased out.

Apparently the planned 32 SPE Cell processor will not be made, and their current PowerXCell 8i will be the company's last entrance in the technology.

To quote: "The Cell Processor was originally the brain child of 'The Father of PlayStation' Ken Kutaragi. It was later co-developed by Sony, IBM and Toshiba; making its way into the PlayStation 3, TV's and super computers.

So what does this mean for Sony and the PlayStation 4? Will this change with IBM pulling out of their own development?

Not necessarily. Sony can still hire IBM to create a Cell Processor for their next console, without IBM being involved in their own internal development outside of the PS4."



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cfwprophet's Avatar
#10 - cfwprophet - 241w ago
AMD will release the Fusion Chip with Quad CPU Core and Quad GPU Core in 2011.

What if Sonic will made a Fusion Cell Chip?
With again 8 Cores for CPU + 8 Cores for GPU.

This would be more better than a 32 Core CPU and than implement a GPU to the system like the PS3 it hase.

Only the fact that is one PU working fusioneted together with 16 Cores would reach higher goals than to use the above mentoined way of two seperated PU's.

VFiva's Avatar
#9 - VFiva - 241w ago
Well dudes...what do you say about that (From wiki)

The 45 nm Cell processor was introduced in concert with Sony's PlayStation 3 Slim in August 2009.

In November 2009, an IBM representative said that it has discontinued the development of a Cell processor with 32 SPUs[19] but they have not halted development of other future products in the Cell family.
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GZA1984's Avatar
#8 - GZA1984 - 242w ago
I wouldn't mind if they'd use the 8 SPE cell processor again for the PS4. It wasn't/isn't exactly the bottleneck in the PS3. The remaining hardware and its complete design structure is. Especially the GPU.

It might actually still be fast enough for the next gen Playstation. A 32 SPE cell sounds too good to be true, but perhaps unnessecary to have that many.

DoctorimiJ's Avatar
#7 - DoctorimiJ - 242w ago
give up cell, make PPC again?
IBM never stopped PPC development. In fact, Power7 is heading out the gates now.

-Erich

rickylyh's Avatar
#6 - rickylyh - 242w ago
give up cell, make PPC again?

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