Sony Japan has made official the near future introduction of the Cell processor in various electronic appliances by the end of 2007 or early 2008.
Cell made its first appearance as the PlayStation 3's multicore CPU and its development costs are estimated at 200 billion yen. Sony said it is preparing three to four of its leading electronic products to be equipped with a Cell processor.
The company also revealed that it won't limit the utilization of the Cell to certain electronic appliances only, but plans to use it in any products which will find a meaningful enhancement with the processor.
Sony has in the past said that it intends to use the Cell processor across a wide variety of home applications, but appliance-makers could be a hurdle. Sony Computer Entertainment chief executive Ken Kutaragi told Japan's PC Impress Watch earlier this year, "...People making those everyday-life electronic devices are still not thinking their product will one day turn into computers. I believe this is some kind of pride that electronic makers hold against the computer world."