A news story that appear in an influential German online technology website has apparently convinced many that IBM will stop the development of the highly successful Cell processor.
The processor, which is present in a number of high profile products like Toshiba's own range of LCD television and the Sony Playstation 3 gaming console, will not be developed by IBM beyond the PowerXCell 8i model according to Heise Online.
IBM's Vice President of Deep Computing, David Turek, said that there were no plans to update the latter. However, a spokesperson told Driverheaven that "only one CPU development cycle is being halted" and that IBM would be developing other CPUs in the Cell processor family including the successor the PS4 which should be with us by 2011.
This was corroborated by Kokatu to which IBM's Ron Favali told that "As long as we have a contract with Sony we will continue to manufacture Cell processors for use in the Sony PlayStation".
It has been further confirmed that IBM will be looking to branch into Hybrid multi-core processors designs that resemble Intel's Larrabee and AMD's Fusion in a bid to build more integrated solutions.
IBM, Sony and Toshiba have invested massively in Cell Technology and knowing how conservative IBM are, they either have even grander plans when it comes to CPUs or they are not telling everything.