IBM still has a thing for it's Cell processor

IBM still pumping away with processor tech, gets chatty about Cell.

@anthony256
Published Sun, Oct 10 2010 8:51 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:33 PM CST
Development of the Cell processor that powers the PlayStation 3 has not stalled, IBM are continuing to develop chips and supply hardware for future gaming consoles, a company executive said.

IBM still has a thing for it's Cell processor | TweakTown.com


IBM is working with Nintendo and Sony, CTO of IBM's Systems and Technology Group, Jai Menon said.

The Cell processor which was developed by IBM with the involvement of Sony and Toshiba, first appeared in Sony's PlayStation 3 in 2005. It was a hybrid chip, including processor cores from IBM's Power architecture. But, lately there have been doubts about Cell's future and it's use in upcoming next-generation gaming consoles.

IBM confirmed in a statement on Friday that it will still manufacture Cell processors for use in the PlayStation 3, as well as continue to invest in Cell as part of it's hybrid and multicore chip strategy.

Menon elaborated, saying "I think you'll see [Cell] integrated into our future Power road map. That's the way to think about it as opposed to a separate line -- it'll just get integrated into the next line of things that we do," Menon said. "But certainly, we're working with all of the game folks to provide our capabilities into those next-generation machines."

He also mentioned that there are giant servers that will be able to provide gaming capabilities, which some of it will come through cloud-based services as well.

Earlier this year IBM released it's Power7 processor, and is currently working on it's next-gen Power8 processor.
NEWS SOURCE:pcworld.idg.com.au

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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