Not to be confused with the Patriot Act.
Ok, so time for a little FUD dispelling session here. Gather round the bonfire of corperate lies and deciet, boys and girls. Uncle Kevlar's gonna shoot a few holes in this one.
From the article:
"Cell will be 10 times more powerful than conventional chips"...
10 times more powerful than WHAT 'conventional chips'? The Z80 and the 8051 derivitives are still VERY common, and by most definitions very conventional, yet don't even start to compare to the power of a modern AMD CPU or GPU. Are you comparing them to an embedded processor?
10 times mfore powerful at what task? Floating point operations? Matrix math? Because you're going to have to get up pretty damn early in the morning to smoke a GPU at a 128x128 FFT. Good luck!
Moral of the story, kids: 10 times more powerful than nothing specific is meaningless.
..."and able to shepherd large chunks of data over broadband networks."
*snorts milk through his nose*
What the fuck? Are these now optical switching chips, not CPU's? Oh, ok. So they're 10 times more powerful than the current breed of opto-isolators? Does that mean they consume 10 times more power too? Because if that's true, chances are your better off buying 10 of the old ones than 1 of the new ones for cost reasons. But somehow I suspect that's NOT what they ment. I still get the impression that they're CPU's.
"which is a multicore semiconductor composed of several processors that work together to handle multiple tasks at the same time."
Aaaahhh! Now we're getting somewhere. So it's a multicore CPU design? How does it compare to the current breed of AMD multicore designs? Much more importantly what instruction set does it use? How big is the instruction set? Does it do native 64bit instructions? Emulated ones? Throw me a bone here people.
"In the future, all forms of digital content will be converged and fused"...
More meaningless technobabble.
..."onto the broadband network,"
Oh! THE broadband network. He must mean the InterWeb. Because we all know just how 'broadband' that is.
To quote Vizicni: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
"Current PC architecture is nearing its limits."
Uhhh yeah? It's called planned obselence. That's why NEW architectures are emerging. Ever heard of PCIExpress?
"It will use advanced 300 millimeter silicon wafers, which yield more chips per wafer than the 200 mm kind."
Oooooohhhh shiny! My dad's silicon wafer could kick your dads silicon wafer's ass.
Rather than give any meaningful details, they choose this nugget of marketing crap? Puhleeze.
"Sony said it would launch home servers and high-definition televisions powered by Cell in 2006, and reiterated plans to use the microchip to power the next-generation PlayStation game console, a working version of which will be unveiled in May."
Oh, yeah. I get it now. High definition televisions can benifit from a multicore architecture. That way they can...
Wait... why would they benifit?
Gaming consoles I get. But what does HDTV need to do that the current generation of EMBEDDED processors can't do?
"Toshiba said it planned to launch a high-definition TV using Cell in 2006."
Yes, always good to speak in the past tense. That way if the plans don't work out, you can say, "Well, we said at the time that we only -planned- to do it. We didn't actually have plans moving forward."
Articles like this piss me off because they do more harm than good. They hype a piece of vaporware and provide no meaningful details which would give a clue as to what they're really hyping.
(Edited by Kevlar at 10:09 am on Nov. 30, 2004)