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Originally Posted by bowman View Post
It's not running the Cell as a CPU, it's a regular Core 2 laptop with a Cell-based coprocessor unit for video playback, encoding, the like.
so software will have to be written specifically to use it then? if so then it probably won't work very well.
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Well, the article was disappointingly vague in my opinion, but what I'm also interested in is power consumption. I know they're using low TDP chips, but was that 10-20w per core, or total for all four cores on the CPU?

Also, maybe it's a good thing that this may or may not properly run windows--while it gives some competition to Intel-based systems, it might also give more competition to windows-based systems and allow linux-based ones to be more ubiquitous? I think I would honestly consider getting one of these as my next notebook if the price isn't much farther away from comparable notebooks...but something tells me it's going to cost an arm and a leg...
    
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It's not running the Cell as a CPU, it's a regular Core 2 laptop with a Cell-based coprocessor unit for video playback, encoding, the like.
Ahhh, there's a seperater coprocessor. The Cell-base coprocessor will use 10-20w? That's waaaay too much if you consider there's a GPU and CPU consuming power as well.
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Oh its a Co-proccesor...I get it now. Well it will most certainly be windows based then with Cell doing other tasks in the background.

I really should have read that quote twice.
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http://www.overclock.net/hardware-ne...-based-hd.html
http://www.overclock.net/hardware-ne...han-intel.html
http://www.overclock.net/hardware-ne...osmio-g40.html

Some older mentions of this concept.

Given that GPGPU is finally taking off, and that the green, blue and red team are all shaking hands and developing parallel processing languages together now.. This is stillborn.

There's no need for a third processor to do encoding when the graphics chip can already do it five times faster.

I think they're just clutching at straws for ways to market the Cell.. The PS3 is the only product selling Cells now and it's selling thanks to games and blu-ray, not the Cell.

Someone could easily beat the newest petaFLOPs supercomputer using a heterogeneous cluster of Opterons and GPUs, too, if they wanted to.
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Abuhh??

It must run linux or OSX or something.... I thought IBM procs couldn't run windows
Yeah if they don't support x86, there's no way they run windows.
    
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Yeah if they don't support x86, there's no way they run windows.
There are and have ever been Versions of Windows running on non x86 architecture!
e.q. Win2000 on Alpha or Win2003/2008 on Itanium


MS could easily make Windows run on a Cell if there were a market for it.
Together with Virtual PC (or advanced VT in Windows Server) you could run x86 Apps ;o)
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well, the cell in the PS3 has 6 processing units i think? and it's also clocked at 3.2Ghz so this won't be as powerful as the PS3 but it will be nice for a laptop. I don't think it will be running windows though.
nine. a dual core main CPU and 7 SPE's in the cell.
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