Monday, February 14, 2005

The Cell of things to come?

I've been looking at the Cell processor by IBM, Sony and Toshiba in the past days. Not only because of the media-hype around but also 'cause an online-buddy sent me an article he wrote about it. (That article is still being refined but we hope to see it published on in a couple of days.)

If you don't know what I'm talking about then I'd recommend you to read through this article (from the Ecomist). The article is a good introduction to both the technology behind the Cell and the implications and effects this could have on the existing x86 CPU market. Looking at the marketing material by the big three (
IBM, Sony and Toshiba that is) one could think that Intel, AMD and VIA should start packing their x86-things because the Cell technology will simply blow them away with their supercomputer-like processing power. However as the Economist points out: "But it is not yet clear that Cell will sweep all before it. The reason is that existing programs have not been designed in the chunky way required if they are to run on Cell-based machines—and rewriting them would be a monumental task." So are the x86-companies off the hook and can go back to doing business as usual?

I don't think so... And I hope to be able to explain my reasons within the next days. :)


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