Neoseeker : News : IBM announces 65nm Cell processor for servers
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VeGiTAX2 May 14, 08
Not bad, I was wondering when IBM was going to make use of the chip, Toshiba is allegedly doing it in an upcoming laptop with some lackluster plans (Hand gesture recognition over camera to perform actions without the mouse / keyboard. I mean come on video rendering acceleration would have sold it instantly)

Now it seems all 3 partners are putting it to use and IBM naturally is evolving to the chip to the needs of their market. It'll be cool to see them pushing it more since it'll basically smash Intel into the ground, I doubt someone is going to start stacking Xeon or Itanium if it's still around just to hope to match the performance.
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Shadow of Death May 14, 08
Well, it is to be expect that, in the future, more computers will be using this sort of processing unit setup.

Instead of getting much more powerful, these days, it is all about the # of cores...

Isn't there some processor out there that already uses 16, 32, and maybe 64 cores?
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VeGiTAX2 May 14, 08
Not really, the reason IBM is using it to begin with is because of their stake in the development of the chip from the start. IBM designs their own systems, it's not like they're farming these boards out to Sun, Dell and so on.

It's not really about the number of the cores either, it's about the architecture and speed of the design, how fast you can fire instructions and how many you can run at once in a short stage without causing delays, the SPE, PPU setup of the Cell isn't like a Core 2 Duo or Core 2 Quad. If cores were a deciding factor alone then we would see the current chip races going for total cores present while running at 1GHz. Speed will always be a critical wall that companies go up against, its why they keep scaling the die down and developing new processes to fabricate the chips hoping to hit a sweet point that takes them into higher frequencies without leaking.

There are some 32 core arrays out there already and a 64 core by Tilera.
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THM May 15, 08
How much 'nm' does the current PS3's Cell has?
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VeGiTAX2 May 15, 08
Sony had been gearing up to move to 65nm with future plans to go even further down at some point as well (45nm etc) The difference here is IBM did an adjustment to the entire design instead of just a die shrink.
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