- The Washington Times - Monday, February 7, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Engineers from IBM, Sony and Toshiba yesterday announced details of a microprocessor they say has the muscle of a supercomputer and can power everything from video game consoles to business computers.

Devices built with the processor, code-named “Cell,” will compete directly with the PC chips that have powered most of the world’s personal computers for a quarter-century.

Cell’s designers say their chip, built with the growing world of rich media and broadband networks in mind, can deliver 10 times the performance of current PC processors.

It will not carry the same technical baggage that has made most of today’s computers compatible with older PCs. That architectural divergence will challenge the dominant paradigm of computing that Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp. have fostered.

The new chip is expected to be used in Sony Corp.’s next-generation PlayStation game console. Toshiba Corp. plans to incorporate it into high-end televisions. And IBM Corp. has said it will sell a workstation with the chip starting later this year.

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