In order that it better promote the new Cell microprocessor, IBM is introducing design services for its clients and will provide a Cell simulation environment available through IBM E&TS and Deep Computing Capacity on Demand centers.

The Cell was the brainchild of IBM, Toshiba and Sony and should find its way into the upcoming PlayStation 3 gaming console from Sony. It has a multicore, multi-thread architecture, based on the 64-bit Power processor and several other "synergistic" processor cores. It can support simultaneous multiple operating systems, as well as many other cool tricks.

"IBM's new design services could have significant impact on expanding the number of applications that leverage Cell's unique capabilities." - Pat Toole, general manager, IBM Engineering & Technology Services (E&TS).