Cell processor schedule means PS3 on target for 2006

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They won't be revealing the down and dirty details about it until next February, but Sony, IBM, and Toshiba have confirmed that they will be officially taking the wraps off of the mysterious Cell processor they've been jointly developing at the upcoming International Solid State Circuits Conference. IBM is going to start pilot production of the chips, which are supposed to be better at processing broadband multimedia content or whatever, late next year, and Toshiba says they'll be using the Cell in high-def TVs, while Sony plans to build it into both home entertainment servers and high-def TVs. Sony has also already confirmed that they'll be using the Cell processor in the new PlayStation 3, which makes The Reg think that the new console is on track to debut sometime in early-to-mid 2006.