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Sony, Toshiba and IBM Bring Cell Microprocessor Project Public

The prestigious Cell Project, engineered by the collaborative efforts of three global giants; Sony Group, Toshiba and IBM (also popularly known as STI formation), has reached a decisive stage. After a formal announcement, the partners in this project have released the key technical documents of the revolutionary Cell Broadband Engine architecture. The technical details have been put on www.ibm.com/developerworks/power/cell and http://cell.scei.co.jp.

Early in March, 2001, the companies had joined hands to develop the Cell Broadband Engine architecture, by setting up a Cell Design Center in Austin, Texas and going public with technical specifications of the Cell project, the STI aims to get feedback from software developers, business partners, academic, research organizations, and potential customers, and on the basis of their comments, the three partners will chalk out an aggressive strategy to create Cell-based applications. “IBM and its partners are committed to providing the development and open source communities with comprehensive, early access to the Cell Broadband Engine architecture and to encouraging those exploring the infinite possibilities of Cell,” says Jim Kahle, IBM Fellow. Adds Masakazu Suzuoki, an official with Sony group, “We believe that the Cell architecture disclosure will allow more people to freely access the core technologies. Through this we aim to firmly support software development technology in the mid to long term, particularly for middleware, and to accelerate the dissemination of Cell to stimulate the industry as a whole.”

The key components of the information currently provided on Cell microprocessor broadly center around the Cell Broadband Engine Architecture and the Synergistic Processor Unit Instruction Set Architecture.

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