CodeSourcery is the latest company to partner with IBM to support the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.) microprocessor by offering Cell support for its Sourcery VSIPL++ signal- and image-processing (SIP) toolkit.
The Cell chip is a high-performance multi core chip developed by IBM for Sony's PlayStation 3 console. It was derived from its Power process but it has been highly tuned for videogame play. There has been considerable interest in the Cell processor beyond the PS3, including a developer conference.
Jules Bergmann, leader of the high performance computing group at CodeSourcery, said the Cell chip really raises the bar in performance, with over 200 GFlops , compared with around 12 GFlops for an Intel (Quote) or PowerPC chip. "So it raises the level of performance almost by an order of magnitude," he told internetnews.com.