The Cell concept was originally thought up by Sony Computer Entertainment inc. of Japan, for the PlayStation 3. The genesis of the idea was in 1999 when SonyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ken Kutaragi [Kutaragi] Ã¢â‚¬Å“Father of the PlayStationÃ¢â‚¬Â was thinking about a computer which acted like Cells in a biological system. A patent was applied for listing Masakazu Suzuoki and Takeshi Yamazaki as the inventors in 2002 (the first version of this article covered this patent [Patent] ).
The architecture as it exists today was the work of three companies: Sony, Toshiba and IBM. Sony and Toshiba previously co-operated on the PlayStation 2 but this time the plan was more ambitious and went beyond chips for video games consoles. The aim was to build a new general purpose processor for a computer. With that in mind IBM was brought in as their expertise is in computer design.
Do check out this site, it’s got a lot of information on the Cell processor, useful if you’ve been thinking about or wanting to know more information about this processor which is available in the IBM QS20 blade server. The processor continues to get good commentary, the challenge being coding your application to be optimized for the platform, (as with any other processor).