IBM, Toshiba and Sony making the PS3 chip?
Today Sony Computer Entertainment, Toshiba and IBM signed announced a 5-year alliance worth $400 million. This deal will reflect a new microprocessor chip that has been described by some as being a 'supercomputer on a single chip', which will be used in intelligent consumer electronics, that are connected to the internet. This will include PCs and of course the Playstation 3. IBM Senior Vice President of technology, John Kelly has dubbed this chip the "Cell", and will be created at IBM's Austin, Texas headquarters. The Wall Street Journal has reported this chip as being designed for the Playstation 3, that will most likely ship in 2005/2006, albeit other types of hardware, PCs in particular, will also have their own version of the "Cell".
As most of us know, the PS2's Graphics Synthesizer and Emotion Engine were created in conjunction with Sony and Toshiba. So it's interesting to see how Sony, IBM and Toshiba will be able to integrate this technology into PCs, besides the PS3. While I doubt that we may hear anything related to this anytime soon, stay tuned to PSX Extreme in case something lets loose.