Cell chip


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Cell chip

A CPU chip developed by IBM, Sony and Toshiba that is designed for media processing such as in high-definition TV sets. Using an enhanced PowerPC CPU and eight floating point units, the Cell is expected to achieve an effective clock speed close to 5 GHz.

The Cell's Extended Data RAM (XDR) memory interface and FlexIO bus provide exceptional I/O bandwidth in and out of the CPU. Sony's PlayStation 3 and a workstation from IBM were the first Cell-based machines. Cell chips were later used in the first supercomputer to reach one petaFLOPS (see Roadrunner).
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But it will also benefit the consumer market: IBM is developing its Cell chip in collaboration with Sony and Toshiba, who are expected to use it in a range of high-definition TVs.
IBM is taking the highly anticipated Cell chip technology at the heart of the future Sony PlayStation and offering to help customers design it into a far wider range of electronics, from aerospace to military to medical products.
Sony, IBM and Toshiba have released limited data about the so called Cell chip that will be able to carry out trillions of calculations per second.