Des infos filtrent enfin sur l'architecture de la future puce d'IBM-Sony-Toshiba qui équipera la Playsation 3 et aussi des workstations IBM.
Cette puce c'est "The Cell".
Alors que la présentation technique détaillée officielle est pour février un type (Nicholas Blachford) a pris la peine de comprendre en profondeur les brevets déposés sur The Cell et vient de publier une (longue) analyse :
Il semble qu'il s'agisse d'un vrai monstre de puissance !
Quelques phrases de l'article :
The first Cell based desktop computer will be the fastest desktop computer in the industry by a very large margin. Even high end multi-core x86s will not get close.
The PC has always been able to beat competition by virtue of it's huge software base, but this base is not as strong as it once was. A lot of software now runs on Linux and this is not dependant on x86 processors or Microsoft.
Cell is going to turn the industry upside down, nobody has ever produced such a leap in performance in one go and certainly not at a low price.
To date the PC has defeated everything in it's path. No competitor, no matter how good has even got close to replacing it. If the Cell is placed into desktop computers it may be another victim of the PC. However, I think for a number of reasons that the Cell is not only the biggest threat the PC has ever faced, but also one which might actually have the capacity to defeat it.