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=http://www.gamespy.com/hardware/january03/playstation3/index.shtml]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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