If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

CELL development is nearing completion

PlayStation 3 edges closer as Toshiba wraps up its work on CELL, according to president Tadashi Okamura.

Development work on the next-generation CELL microprocessor is nearly complete, according to Toshiba president Tadashi Okamura, whose company is working on the chip along with partners Sony and IBM.

Full-scale commercial production of CELL is not due to start until early next year, but the first completed chips will be completed shortly - presumably on schedule to power the content creation workstations Sony has promised will be available by the end of 2004.

"[CELL] will be used in IBM's computer, Sony's game machine, and Toshiba's digital consumer electronics, among other things," Okamura told the Japanese business publication Nikkei Journal this week. "It will change the world."

CELL is designed to operate as a massively parallel processor, specifically designed for handling graphics and communication-intensive tasks. The chip is engineered to operate in multi-processor environments, and it's expected that the PlayStation 3 will be powered by as many as eight of the devices.

IBM and Sony also plan to ship CELL workstations and servers aimed at the creative industries, which would feature more of the processors, and would potentially be upgradeable simply by adding "blades" with more processors on them.

Toshiba and Sony, meanwhile, both plan to integrate CELL into a range of consumer electronics devices, ranging from the PlayStation 3 game console to televisions, set-top boxes and mobile phones.

It's believed that the partner companies are also currently working on an operating system for the CELL platform, which would enable interoperability and transparent communications between devices based on the processor.

PlayStation 3 is expected to be unveiled to the world before the end of Sony's current financial year - which hints that the console will take its first public bow in Q1 2005, if not before the end of this calendar year.

Will you support Eurogamer?

We want to make Eurogamer better, and that means better for our readers - not for algorithms. You can help! Become a supporter of Eurogamer and you can view the site completely ad-free, as well as gaining exclusive access to articles, podcasts and conversations that will bring you closer to the team, the stories, and the games we all love. Subscriptions start at £3.99 / $4.99 per month.

About the Author

GamesIndustry International avatar

GamesIndustry International

Contributor

GamesIndustry International is the world's leading games industry website, incorporating GamesIndustry.biz and IndustryGamers.com.

Comments

More News

Latest Articles

Supporters Only

Eurogamer.net logo

Buy things with globes on them

And other lovely Eurogamer merch in our official store!

Eurogamer.net Merch