QUOTE said:IBM cancells Cell Processor development
It has been confirmed that IBM will be pulling out of Cell development, with their current PowerXCell 8i to be the company's last entrance in the technology.
The Cell Processor was originally the brain child of "The Father of PlayStation" Ken Kutaragi. It was later co-developed by Sony, IBM and Toshiba, an alliance known as "STI." The architectural design and first implementation were carried out at the STI Design Center in Austin, Texas over a four-year period beginning March 2001 on a budget reported by Sony as approaching US$400 million.
IBM's most recent development in the Cell Processor's design is the PoweXCell 8i, which is featured in the second most powerful supercomputer in the world: Roadrunner.
The IBM's Vice President of Deep Computing David Turek, told German website Heise Online that the planned 32 SPE Cell processor will not be made.
However, Turek did explain that features of the Cell would continue to be moulded into other processor designs. With the future looking like it's taking a GPU route, a hybrid technology is the direction IBM will developing.
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