Sony and their partner companies sunk egregious sums of money into developing the Cell processing engine, and have always had plans to put it into devices other than the oft-maligned PS3. There have been reports of the new chip showing up in places like IBM’s new supercomputer, but now Sony is putting Cell into a more traditional server.
The new ZEGO platform is a 1RU server that is aimed at broadcast and video professionals, especially those working in the HD / 4K video fields. The new servers come with the following specifications:
- 3.2GHz Cell processor
- 256MB RSX video memory
- 1GB XDR ECC RAM
- 160GB SATA hard drive
- 330 Watt power supply
- 2 USB 2.0 ports
- 2 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports
- 1 serial port
- optional PCI-e memory expansion for an additional 8GB RAM
No word on price or date of release has been set, but you can expect these specialized machines to cost a pretty penny, considering that targeted businesses will spend serious cash to reduce video processing times. The new machines come with Yellow Dog Linux Enterprise Edition, a version of Linux made famous for being installable on the PS3.
ZEGO information page at pro.sony.com