I just read somewhere that sony's processor for the PS3 going to work at 4.6ghz.
The developers say it is a super computer on a chip!!!
What no one has mentioned yet is that the PS3 is planned to have 4 cell processors in it, meaning that by today's standards it would be classified as a supercomputer.
In the number-crunching environment of the International Solid State Circuits Conference at San Francisco recently, an otherwise slow event was blown away by two revelations.
Firstly Sony, in conjunction with IBM and Toshiba, disclosed their design for the 'Cell' chip which will drive the PS3 as well as the next generation of uber-powerful PC's.
Secondly Sony revealed that the PS3 will be displayed to the world before E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in May.
Although no date was confirmed a Sony of America representative did say that it won't be as early as the Game Developer's Conference in March.
The Cell has been in development between Sony, IBM, and Toshiba for the last 3 years and figures show it to be 10 times faster than any current processor, running at a staggering 4GHz.
The Cell is constructed of eight computing cores, instead of a single-core design favoured by most moden chips. This enables the Cell to carry out 10 seperate sequences at exactly the same time.Meaning a PS3 would be able to make 10 different decisions in less time than the fastest PC chip could make one.
In theory this means vastly improved A.I, serious amounts of graphics, larger games, more ingenius levels, multiple larger enemies and the ability to play proper online gaming.
Ken Kutaragi, president of Sony's games division boasted;
"With Cell opening a doorway, a new chapter in computer science is about to begin."
Whilst William Zeitler, senior vice president of IBM Systems and Technology Group, opted for something less sensationalist;
"Today we see the tangible results of our collaboration: an open, multicore, microprocessor that portends a new era in graphics and multi-media performance."
With Cell ready to start production in Nagasaki, Japan and New York later this year, PS3 could be here sooner than many have predicted.