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 May 25, 2005 - 12:00 PM - by Michael
* IBM makes Cell processor wide open

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EETimes has the word that IBM is planning to release the full specs of the Cell processor to the world, in hopes of stimulating open-source software development for the new chip.

The three developers of the Cell processor are preparing to release full chip specifications and software libraries in an effort to rally the open-source community around the device that powers the Sony Playstation 3. With the outlook for the multicore chip's use beyond Sony's internal systems cloudy at best, the partners are hoping to spark its uptake in applications ranging from HDTVs to supercomputers.

The IBM Corp. fellow who led the design team said his company currently has no plans to make Cell-based chips for its own systems or for the merchant market. Instead, IBM has set up a team in its engineering services division to help others custom-design versions of Cell that could be made in IBM's fabs.
The specs could also make porting Linux to the Cell a lot easier; I'm guessing they're hoping to see Linux-enabled PS3's shortly after launch.
 

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