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IBM, Sony and Toshiba are launching a new phase of their joint technology development alliance that will lead to the development of advanced process technologies at 32 nanometers and beyond. Specifically, they are working on further developing the "cell" microprocessor design and its underlying silicon-insulator process technologies in 90- and 65-nanometer systems. Translated into English, this means they want to improve upon and develop practical applications for their networking chip.
Heres why I believe "cell" processor will lead to better computing. Its amount of data within 64 bit string bitwidth that is important here, plus number of vores in use. Intel uses 40 bitwidth, AMD uses 48 bitwidth & IBM is about to start using 52 bit bitwidth. It sounds like small difference, yet when you multiply 52 bits times 8 cores running together you get 416 bits PROCESSED in same time Intel gets only 40 bits processed 368 more bits processed from 64 bit strings. Or about 8 to 10 times more data processing than single core Intel or AMD. Also IBM uses thier own version open sourced software (linux?) to enable multi core much more effectively, (at least in theory). So IBM has quite advantage in technology, especially by using "cell" in such dedicated & resourceful ways to start.($$$) Eventually 8 core will migrate to all processors & "cell" will be only 80% faster than intel.Signed:PHYSICIAN THOMAS STEWART VON DRASHEK M.D.