The STI group's (Sony, Toshiba, IBM) new Cell
processor is generating some serious buzz in the chip community, and not just because it's supposed to crank out all
sorts of nasty cycles—if you haven't been paying attention, it's supposedly going to be the heart of the
PlayStation 3. But we all remember before how Sony
promised us the PlayStation 2 would pump out a few times the amount of polygons it actually was able to, so it's to be
taken with a rather large grain of salt as yet, but one man who goes by the name of
Blachford (who may himself also require
some salt) claims to have "interpreted" the patent
application docs on the Cell. So what we, er, may know is that it's supposed to run in the 4.6GHz range, have
9 cores (one being a PowerPC G5-like CPU, with 8 other APUs—vector processors), and a crazy unheardof 1k 6.4Gbps bus.
Okay, so, where to start.