Sony powers new servers with PS3’s Cell processor

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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.

Further reading:

ZEGO information page at pro.sony.com

via Slashgear

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