The Cell Chip's Other Life

The powerful processor inside Sony's PlayStation 3 has other, less-publicized uses -- among them, telecom, defense, and medicine

The excitement over Sony's (SNE) PlayStation 3 and its superstrength Cell chip is building to a fever pitch. The next-gen console, due out this spring, will draw its power from Cell, essentially a supercomputer on a chip, expected to deliver eye-popping 3-D graphics and lightning-quick response times for speed-junkie gamers (see BW Online, 1/23/06, "A Monster Year for Game Consoles").

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