CWmike writes: "A supercomputer based on the Cell processor found in Sony's PlayStation 3 console has rocketed to No. 1 in the latest Top500 supercomputing ranking to become the most powerful computer in the world. The machine pulls together the power of 12,240 Cell chips and 6,562 dual-core AMD Opteron processors in IBM QS22 blade servers to deliver 1.026 petaflops of data crunching power, making it more than twice as fast as the top-ranked computer in the previous version of the ranking. Supercomputers are one of the first uses beyond the PlayStation 3 for the Cell chip, but others are envisaged. Toshiba has demonstrated a television with a Cell Broadband Engine for real-time upscaling of standard-definition TV to high definition, and for displaying multiple video streams simultaneously for quick navigation of many TV channels. Toshiba also plans to launch laptop PCs with a derivative of the Cell chip called the SpursEngine. Could this spark new chip wars?"
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