The Cell processor that will power the next version of the PlayStation game console will also be adaptable for advanced scientific research, but you won't have to be a rocket scientist to program it.
Hofstee said the Cell will benefit game developers not only by giving them a stable and easily approachable foundation for games to run on, but also by powering the workstations they use to produce games. The upshot is that developers should be spending a lot less time waiting for their equipment to render the animations they create.
"We think it's going to be a much more seamless and speedy process for developers using these workstations," he said.
"We've created something that is very flexible," he said. "Having a more generic architecture will allow people to do new things."