Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Dec 2006 21:35 UTC
IBM Judging by details revealed in a chip conference agenda, the clock frequency race isn't over yet. IBM's Power6 processor will be able to exceed 5 gigahertz in a high-performance mode, and the second-generation Cell Broadband Engine processor from IBM, Sony and Toshiba will run at 6GHz, according to the program for the International Solid State Circuits Conference that begins February 11 in San Francisco.
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Open Source Hardware?
by mcmv200i on Sat 30th Dec 2006 03:22 UTC
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Once I read in a German newspaper things like they are written here

Hofstee said that IBM envisions a Cell platform that is as open and as popular as IBM's Power. "I would say we plan to open it up to the same level that the Power architecture is opened up, which is very open. There are really no secrets we intend to keep."

What does "Cell is going to be Open Source Hardware" mean?

1.) Is it only the interface specification to the hardware, which is open?

2.) Or is the whole hardware design (including verilog source code etc.) public available?

3.) Or is even the hardware design licensed under a free licence which fulfills the 4 stallman freedoms resp. the OSI Definition?

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