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The Cell Architecture grew from a challenge posed by Sony and Toshiba to provide power-efficient and cost-effective high-performance processing for a wide range of applications, including the most demanding consumer appliance: game consoles. Cell - also known as the Cell Broadband Engine Architecture (CBEA) - is an innovative solution whose design was based on the analysis of a broad range of workloads in areas such as cryptography, graphics transform and lighting, physics, fast-Fourier transforms (FFT), matrix operations, and scientific workloads. As an example of innovation that ensures the clients' success, a team from IBM Research joined forces with teams from IBM Systems Technology Group, Sony and Toshiba, to lead the development of a novel architecture that represents a breakthrough in performance for consumer applications. IBM Research participated throughout the entire development of the architecture, its implementation and its software enablement, ensuring the timely and efficient application of novel ideas and technology into a product that solves real challenges.

You can

  • Read the The Cell story in IBM's Innovation Matters! and meet the IBM Research team which helped create Cell,
  • Learn about why the Cell heterogeneous chip multiprocessor offers the most efficient approach to achieve high computer performance,
  • Find out about the groundbreaking architecture of the Cell Synergistic Processor Unit which allows Cell to deliver supercomputing performance on a single chip,
  • Learn about the simplified compiler-oriented architecture approach on which the Cell Synergistic Processor Unit is based, and
  • Find links to additional technical information about Cell.

The technology and the design team behind the Cell B.E. have been recognized in a variety of ways. Find out more about Cell recognition and awards,.