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32. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 14, 2013, 22:43 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Feb 14, 2013, 07:49:
There's a book, The Race to a New Game Machine, that is pretty interesting, going into detail about how much time and effort Sony and IBM put into designing the Cell, and then Microsoft called the same team at IBM and said "hey, we'd like that, but less weird." The Xbox chip is largely based on the Cell, only toned down to be symmetrical and more like a regular PowerPC chip. It was a smarter decision, but only possible because years were spent designing the Cell just for the PS3 (and other things that never happened.)

I never knew that, interesting. I thought they were radically different chips. In any case, the Cell was a basically a huge flop, so hopefully they've learned their lesson this time around.

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