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dsister44 said:
gurglesletch said:
Solid_Snake4RD said:
they should do a bit more R&D and launch it for the PC and have Google partner them with ANDROID

This is a very good idea. It would hurt M$.

Why in the world would they want to hurt Microsoft?


its actually a fairly bad idea... virtually nobody would buy it.



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The Cell processor is already being phased out. Sony sold their cell manufacturing facilities a while back and IBM already ended development of it. The only company that actively makes it is Toshiba, and they are slowly ending their 4 SPE SpursEngine in favor of stream processors.

The cell processor was an impressive processor. Was. It's not anymore. Even the most powerful Cell processor out there, the PowerXCell 8i that is being used in the second most powerful supercomputer is 5X slower than a modern GPU. The type of calculations that Cell is good at are also the type of calculations that stream processors are amazing at. They both suck at general purpose calculations though.

A 500 Gigaflop Cell or a 6 Teraflop (6,000 Gigaflop) GPU with 3,200 Stream processors... The choice is clear. Cell has no place in the future, its technology is already old. The only part of the cell which IBM is using is its dispatch engine. It is being combined with stream processors.

 

Edit: Also, Sony making PCs based on Cell would be a big mistake for Sony. Making a PC based on an outdated and outperformed architecture? IBM has been selling Cell workstations for years and the adoptance rate isabysmal. The future looks bright for AMD and Nvidia. 



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kowenicki said:
dsister44 said:
gurglesletch said:
Solid_Snake4RD said:
they should do a bit more R&D and launch it for the PC and have Google partner them with ANDROID

This is a very good idea. It would hurt M$.

Why in the world would they want to hurt Microsoft?


its actually a fairly bad idea... virtually nobody would buy it.


I just want to know why he would think that Sony would want to hurt Microsoft

dsister44 said:
kowenicki said:
dsister44 said:
gurglesletch said:
Solid_Snake4RD said:
they should do a bit more R&D and launch it for the PC and have Google partner them with ANDROID

This is a very good idea. It would hurt M$.

Why in the world would they want to hurt Microsoft?


its actually a fairly bad idea... virtually nobody would buy it.


I just want to know why he would think that Sony would want to hurt Microsoft

I think he meant that it would hurt Microsoft indirectly. Sony selling PCs with Cell/Linux = less PCs with x86/Windows being sold. Of course, that's wrong since those are two very different markers and Microsoft doesn't have a very large stronghold in the high performance scientific market. Wouldn't harm Microsoft at all, especially since the Cell workstations would most likely be discontinued in months.



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jetrii said:
dsister44 said:
kowenicki said:
dsister44 said:
gurglesletch said:
Solid_Snake4RD said:
they should do a bit more R&D and launch it for the PC and have Google partner them with ANDROID

This is a very good idea. It would hurt M$.

Why in the world would they want to hurt Microsoft?


its actually a fairly bad idea... virtually nobody would buy it.


I just want to know why he would think that Sony would want to hurt Microsoft

I think he meant that it would hurt Microsoft indirectly. Sony selling PCs with Cell/Linux = less PCs with x86/Windows being sold. Of course, that's wrong since those are two very different markers and Microsoft doesn't have a very large stronghold in the high performance scientific market. Wouldn't harm Microsoft at all, especially since the Cell workstations would most likely be discontinued in months.

I still want to know why would Sony would want to hurt Microsoft. Not how 



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well its kind of academic if the cell production has ceased.... I didnt know that.... but I will use that information many times in the coming year I feel.



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This thread is unbelievably stupid. NOBODY uses PowerPC architecture to make PCs anymore. Even Apple now uses x86.



^ Obviously they wouldn't which is why noone is answering you directly.



Tease.

You would have to either make your own OS for it or modify the CELL to be software friendly



As others have said... this is a JOKE. There would be no market as it could not natively run any software. Linux would be the only practical OS, and it would only run software ported to that architecture.

Cell is old news, a 5870 blows the pins off of a lowly little Cell processor as will the GT300. This isn't 2006 anymore. I do think that the PS4 should use the cell - for BC and developer good will, but only a fool would try to pair a cell against an HD5800 series powered X720. There will be a separate GPU.

And for those people blinded by fanboyism that thing that this would pose any threat to Microsoft (you are soooooo clever using the dollar sign, I wi$h I had thought of that), your logic is so faulty that I don't know where to begin. In fact, I bet that M$ hopes that $ony DOES try this crazy scheme so that $ony gets stomped and lose money. M$ would be laughing all the way to the bank on that one.