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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Cell Chip in a laptop

From: Eric Blossom
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Cell Chip in a laptop
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 17:52:35 -0700
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.17 (2007-11-01)

On Mon, Jun 23, 2008 at 05:22:52PM -0700, Matt Ettus wrote:
> http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080623-cell-chip-makes-laptop-debut-in-toshiba-qosmio-but-why.html

Thanks.  The guy writing the article is basically clueless.  

> From the article:
> The flavor of Cell BE that Toshiba uses in the G50 is called the
> SpursEngine, and it's a 65nm, four-SPE variant of the PlayStation 3's
> CPU. (Recall that the PS3's Cell is fabbed with eight "synergistic
> processing elements," or SPEs, but only seven of them are functional
> for yield reasons.) My guess is that Toshiba is taking Cell chips that
> don't have seven fully functional SPEs, shutting off four of the SPEs
> (including the non-functional ones), and selling the resulting
> four-SPE part as the SpursEngine.

His guess is total BS...

Interview w/ Toshiba guy w/ a clue:


I wonder if they'll make the documentation on the SpursEngine
available and if Linux will run on the G50?


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