I have been thinking about buying a new computer, but I ran across this article that makes me believe that if I were to buy something now, it will be obsolete in about a year and a half! IBM, Sony Corp. and Toshiba Corp. have been working in secret to produce the powerful new “Cell” processor. Cell will be ten times more powerful than conventional chips and be able to shepherd large chunks of data over broadband networks. The three corporations are currently investing billions of dollars to develop and prepare for mass production of Cell. The COO of Sony said that “current PC architecture is nearing its limits.” Toshiba and Sony are both releasing new Cell powered TV’s in 2006, and the next generation PlayStations will be using the microchip. All of the technical details will be revealed in February.
This is awesome for technology, but what about those of us who can’t afford to keep up all the time?