Description: PlayStation 3 will be powered by the "Cell" processor. It is based on a PowerPC G4 core with eight added vector engines, developed jointly by IBM, Sony and Toshiba. "A hypothetical Cell processor with eight of these APUs could achieve 32 BOPS and 32 gigaFLOPS at only 250MHz,".
Said to be in limited production in 2005 while full scale production is planned for 2006.
Die size 221 mm2 Bus speed 6.4 Gb/s Process 90, later 60 and 45 nm Core speed 4.6 GHz Transistors 234 M Core voltage 1.3 V
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2006-03-17 CPU Round-up: IBM/Rambus Cell news, Sun's Rock details, AMD interview: IBM licenses Rambus tech for non-PS3 Cell systems. The Reg may have details on Sun's Rock. An AMD exec gives an interview on where the company is headed. Ars Technica [rm]
2005-08-25 More information on STI's Cell: Sony and IBM released a ton of Cell-related documentation today. Also, I link some more good Cell coverage, as well as John Carmack on the next-gen consoles. Ars Technica [rm]
2005-01-25 Cell "analysis" a mixed bag: Last week, OS News published an analysis of IBM's Cell-related patents. This article presents some of the information in the patents in an easily digestible format, but it has some pretty serious flaws, as we... Ars Technica [rm]
2004-12-07 NVIDIA graphics solution to power PlayStation 3: A year after being dumped for the Xbox 2 in favor of an ATI solution, Sony has announced that NVIDIA will be providing the graphics processor for the upcoming PlayStation 3. The PS3 is sla... Ars Technica [rm]