The Story So Far
general idea has always been for Sony to release a new console
system every five years. Sony president Ken Kutraragi feels
the company is on track, and that PS3 will be ready for 2005
analysts estimate that over $400 million will be spent by
Sony, along with new partners Toshiba, and IBM working
together the next few year to design a
"Cell", the new technology is as yet fully
developed. The three companies hope to use "Cell
Technology" in nearly all of their future consumer
electronic devices, including cell-phones, televisions,
personal computers, and gaming consoles.
microchips will employ the world's most 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. The result will be
consumer devices that are more powerful than IBM's Deep Blue
supercomputer, operate at low power and access the broadband
Internet at ultra high speeds. Cell will be designed to
deliver "teraflops" of processing power.
means is, if the new chip is able to perform
"teraflops", or 1 trillion calculations per second,
it would clock in at roughly 100 times the speed of a single
Pentium 4 chip running at 2.5GHZ.
even further heights, the cell chips can interact with each
other for even more processor power. Richard Doherty, analyst
with Envisioneering Group says "It’s like a beehive—Cell
components can also be ganged together."
to combine chips from individual PS3s in a "grid",
with other consoles over the internet, or locally from other
consumer electronics devices to divide computing tasks among
networked machines. A console containing cell technology could
combine to share processing power with a Cell-powered
high-definition television to render the graphics of an
animated movie, or other real-time graphical applications.
to begin manufacturing Cell-chips in late 2003, for use
commercially by 2004. With the PS3 tentative release of 2005,
the hardware seems just around the corner. The real challenge
now will be in creating software that fully exploits the power
of the newly establishing market.