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    Possible hint to Cell evolution status and PS4 supporting 4K

    Toshiba made this announcement a couple days ago. The articles don't specifically say Cell but they refer to their previous processor from 2008, which would be the Cell-Evolution or CEVO. The focus of the news is on the FPGA switching that can be done but the pocessors are in two core clusters of 32 cores each, which indicate each core is an updated CEVO. They are still on 40nm but that would be understandable on this level of integration on a single die.

    Toshiba Develops 64-Core System-on-Chip for Embedded Apps.
    Toshiba Unveils Many-Core SoC for Embedded Apps
    06/15/2012

    Toshiba Corp. said this week it had developed a low-power, many-core System-on-a-Chip (SoC) for embedded applications in such areas as automotive products and digital consumer products. [b]The prototype SoC integrates 64 cores, eight times more than its multi-core predecessor unveiled in 2008 and operates 14 times faster.

    Recent advances in multimedia processing, including video encoding and decoding and image recognition, have relied on multi-core processors that combine high performance with low power consumption. Many-core processors go a step further; by increasing the number of cores they boost SoC performance to much higher levels. However, the power consumption and size of many-core SoC have been problems for their use in embedded applications. Toshiba's many-core SoC secures significant advances in performance while maintaining low power consumption suitable for embedded applications.



    Within a 209.3mm2 die, two 32-core clusters are integrated with dynamically reconfigurable processors, hardware accelerators, dual-channel DDR3 memory controller and other peripherals. Processor cores in one cluster share a 2MB level-two cache connected through a tree-based network-on-chip (NoC). The high scalability and low power consumption is accomplished by the parallelized firmware for multimedia applications. For example, MPEG4-AVC/H.264 1080p 30fps decoding requires under 500mW of power, whereas super resolution 4K2K 15fps image processing demands under 800mW. The SoC integrates image recognition hardware accelerators. The new many-core SoC secures 1.5 trillion operations per second at 333MHz, a processing rate 14 times faster than that of its eight-processor multi-core predecessor.

    The new SoC applies low power technologies throughout its structure, including multi-level power gating, clock gating and Toshiba's proprietary low power data-mapping flip-flop circuit. Advancing the fabrication process to 40nm secures a 40% to 50% boost in power efficiency over the company's previous multi-core chip, manufactured with 65nm process.

    Toshiba plans to apply the many-core SoC and its related technologies to high performance over-HD (high definition) resolution image processing and recognition.
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    It would be interesting to see if Sony would team up with Toshiba again. However I think Sony will go a bit more conventional this time due to cost expenditures during the last cycle. GPU architecture is another matter entirely. They'll be shooting for a pretty high mark for the PS4, so I can see their GPU being extraordinarily robust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nu Soard Graphite View Post
    It would be interesting to see if Sony would team up with Toshiba again.
    There are some misconceptions floating around about the relations between Toshiba and Sony. Sony, IBM and Toshiba were partners on the initial Cell development and while the partnership no longer applies to Cell-BE development, both IBM and Toshiba are working on Cell evolutions. Just because Sony and Toshiba battled over a HD disc media doesn't mean they became enemies. Sony continues to work with Toshiba as well as IBM.

    Also, it is called Cell because that is what a cell does, grow, evolve and form clusters of cells. If you notice, the 32 core areas are called Clusters. As time goes on, more block diagrams will start to show up and it is probably a good bet that those will start to look eerily similar to the patents Ken Kutaragi was filing in 2005.

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    4k tvs are many years away.people still dont have 1080p tvs lol.but japan is really pushing 4k in there home land and there government supports it. I read this in home theater..

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    Isn't Sony working on Ultra HD?. I wonder if they'll implement that on the PS4(Who knows exactly when the PS4 will be released).







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    Quote Originally Posted by FonFahbre View Post
    Isn't Sony working on Ultra HD?. I wonder if they'll implement that on the PS4(Who knows exactly when the PS4 will be released).
    Well 4k is ultra HD if I'm not mistaken and this cell is capable of 4k and so are the modern gpus

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    I highly doubt this processor will be used in he ps4.

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