Still Holding out for the PS3?
Sony says its next-generation video-game console will feature an architecture that will allow it to pack the processing power of 100 personal computers on a single chip.
The console, due in just two years, also would tap the resources of additional computers using high-speed network connections.
If key technical hurdles are overcome, the "cell microprocessor" technology, described in a patent Sony quietly secured in September, could help the Japanese electronics giant achieve the industry's Holy Grail: a cheap, all-in-one box for the home that can record TV shows, surf the Internet in 3-D, play music and run movielike video games.
Besides the PlayStation 3 game console, Sony and its partners, IBM and Toshiba, hope to use the same basic chip design -- which organizes small groups of microprocessors to work together like bees in a hive -- for a range of computing devices, from tiny hand-held personal digital assistants to the largest corporate servers.
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