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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Will Sony utilize IBM Power7 CPU for PlayStation 4 in 2012


Let's just say, what if Sony released the PS4 in 2012, that's about three years from today. What sort of exotic technology would Sony force upon the developing world to showcase their artistic freedom. Well, according to Dutch site PS3Clan.nl, Sony is rumored to have selected IBM's Power7 CPU for their next-generation console tentatively called the PlayStation 4.
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IBM shall debut POWER7 for the server market in the summer of 2010. The PlayStation 4 shall use a cost effective version of the architecture custom designed for Sony's specific needs.

FGNOnline currently has info available regarding specifications and performance is that the PS4 implementation of the chip shall use 6-8 cores, 24-32MB shared L3 Cache, Quad threading per core, and a double precision performance approaching 200GFLOPS.

The CELL chip which powers the PS3 is capable of 15 double precision GFLOPS. The CELL chip which powers the PS3 is capable of 15 GFLOPS double precision. This would give the PS4 a performance leap of over 10 fold over it's predecessor.

If true the PS4 would indeed be a graphical powerhouse when debuted sometime after 2010. I'll have to chalk this up as an rumor for now until I hear otherwise.
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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

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K. Joseph said...

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Anonymous said...

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K. Joseph said...

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Anonymous said...

Why would it be a graphical powerhouse based on Power7? There are no GPU functions in Power7.

There is no way Power7 will be in PS4. And highly unlikely PS4 will be released in 2012. Power7's enormous die size and power consumption make it ill-suited for consumer electronics. I doubt Sony would want a console bigger than the original PS3. A "cost effective" version of the chips would be a Power7 in name only. And again, no mention of GPU. I think (hope) Sony has learned its lesson of using very expensive custom chips when commodity chips can get nearly the same amount of work done for a fraction of the manufacturing costs.

K. Joseph said...

I agree with you, Sony would not use the Power7. It is an old article about 16 months old. Sony PS4 would not be out until 2015. The NGP has some clues where Sony is going with the PS4.

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