PlayStation 3: Supercomputer-On-A-Chip

By on January 12, 2003, 2:00 PM
Although we are still a couple of years away from seeing the PS3, Sony's console business is nothing but gaining more and more attention after this holiday season broke their own sales mark with over 4 million consoles sold worldwide, outselling competitors by a huge margin.

Lately we have been hearing of license agreements (like that Rambus one) and registered patents for the upcoming console which give us a slight idea of what it will offer, [URL=]Gamespy[/URL] has an in-depth article of what's known so far, well worth a weekend read...

Cell, scheduled to hit the market in late 2004 or early 2005, differs notably from current processors. This finely crafted chunk of silicon will contain multiple chips within a single unit, and will be able to perform in excess of one trillion mathematical calculations a second. Put into perspective, that makes it approximately 100 times more powerful than a 2.5 GHz Pentium 4 CPU!

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iss said:
Looks like an interesting system. I guess this means we will be getting plenty of PS3 hype all over the net for the next year or so.on another note the sooner PS3 comes out the sooner I can buy a PS2 cheap.:D
Vehementi said:
100 times more powerful than a 2.5GHz P4? Ehh...I find that a bit hard to believe, even if it does ship in a couple years. How much is this thing gonna cost?I wonder if I could put UD on one...
SNGX1275 said:
[i]PlayStation 3 will be able to use its broadband Internet connection to draw additional computing power from idle processors across the Internet. If still more horsepower is required, the PlayStation 3 can even tap into a home network to enlist support from other available machines.[/i]Nobody has a comment on that? I don't really know whether to think "cool" or "scary".
conradguerrero said:
I found this part to be very interesting[quote]Industry analysts have confirmed that the timeline for Cell's arrival coincides with plans to release the PlayStation 3 in 2005. However, plans are also rumored to be in the works for Cell to appear in PCs, scheduled for initial release in Sony's Vaio line of personal computers. There's also a good likelihood that this über-processor will be coupled with the new format of media playback known as "Blu-Ray Disk." It employs a blue laser and is capable of realizing a capacity of 25 to 27 GB per recording layer on a DVD. That's up to 50 GB on a double-sided disk. [/quote]
Antiorganic said:
There was no such thing as a 2.5 GHz Pentium 4 the last time I checked.
Didou said:
SONY is allready launching its hype machine hoping to hurt GC & XboX sales the same way it did with the Dreamcast by boasting about the PS2 quite a while before it was even available ( in limited quantities too :eyesroll: ).The IDLE processor idea is kinda suspect to say the least. Would the "power" be "drawn" from PS3s from other users who happen to be online ? From PS3s made "available" by SONY itself ?& BTW, how can a console be IDLE ? A game generally uses all the console's power & being idle would mean that the console is turned on but no game is running. :confused:SONY can announce a console 10.000 more powerfull then the fastest PC, if they don't make an easy-to-program console, that power will prolly never show. Developpers had such a hard time figuring out the PS2 architecture at first, that all the early PS2 games had a very ridiculous lifespan.PS. There are 2.5GHZ P4s ( 100mhz FSB ) available.
Arris said:
[quote][i]Originally posted by Antiorganic [/i][b]There was no such thing as a 2.5 GHz Pentium 4 the last time I checked. [/b][/quote]Ok, 2.53Ghz if that makes you happier ;)
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