Sony's PlayStation 3 console may be off to a late start in the latest round of the console wars. But the company cranking out Sony's silicon is finding plenty of uses for the PlayStation 3's cell processor in the here and now. IBM's latest use for the chip is in blade servers based on the processor, which began shipping today.
Dubbed BladeCenter QS20, IBM is pitching the new server to customers running heavy-duty graphics. Last week, IBM said it was building a supercomputer based on Cell as well as AMD chips, possibly overcoming the speed and cooling limits of current supercomputing architecture.
And last year, Big Blue announced a partnership with Mercury Computer, a public company based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, to create Cell-based designs for defense and medical device products like radar, sonar, MRI, and X-ray.
Good thing IBM, which developed the processor with Sony and Toshiba, is so creative with uses for the Cell. The Sony PS3 console has had a bumpy ride.