Cell Processors Explained

Griffith commented that the new PS3 processor is a cell processor, which is a new architecture for building processors. This new architecture is what will allow the PS3 to be faster than the Xbox360.

However, as Griffith also mentions, most games that are around today and are currently being developed for the PS3 are probably not optimized to take advantage of this new processor.

Here is a document explaining the architecture of the cell processor and compairing it to current processors.

Designed for the PlayStation 3, Sony, Toshiba and IBM’s new “Cell processor” promises seemingly obscene computing capabilities for what will rapidly become a very low price. In these articles I look at what the Cell architecture is, then I go on to look at the profound implications this new chip has, not for the games market, but for the entire computer industry. Has the PC finally met it’s match?

So just how much faster than current processors will the cell processor be?

The first Cell based desktop computer will be the fastest desktop computer in the industry by a very large margin. Even high end multi-core x86s will not get close. Companies who produce microprocessors or DSPs are going to have a very hard time fighting the power a Cell will deliver. We have never seen a leap in performance like this before and I don’t expect we’ll ever see one again, It’ll send shock-waves through the entire industry and we’ll see big changes as a result.

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