Sony is dusdandig overtuigd van de power van de Emotion Engine dat het heeft aangekondigd er een complete workstation lijn omheen te planten, zo bericht EETimes:
The Creative Workstation effort at present has three phases. For Phase 1, SCE intends to develop a workstation with about 10 times the performance of the development tool workstation, and to complete that work in 2000. The workstation will have the capability to handle graphics of 1,920 x 1,080/60p (progressive). SCE will not have time to develop new chips by 2000, so it will achieve the performance by using in parallel faster versions of the Emotion Engine and Graphic Synthesizer found in the Playstation2.
The Phase 2 workstation, scheduled to be introduced in 2002, will have 100 times the performance of the development tool workstation and will feature the Emotion Engine 2 and Graphic Synthesizer 2, each with an enhanced architecture over the current chips. The CPU will have 40 million transistors and will be fabricated on a 0.13-micron process. The workstation will handle the same 1,920 x 1,080 pixel graphics, and will have a flexible frame rate ranging from 24 to about 75 frames/second.
The Phase 3 workstation, scheduled to appear around 2005-2006, will have the Emotion Engine 3 and Graphic Synthesizer 3, which will have drastically changed architectures. As a result, the workstation will have 1,000 times performance of the development tool workstation, and will handle 4,000 x 2,000-pixel pictures at 24-to-120p. At this stage, Playstation3 will be taking a shape, Sony said. [break] The Register acht het waarschijnlijk dat de systemen onder Linux gaan draaien: [/break] Sony is to follow up the launch of the Playstation 2 next March with a move into the business workstation market, according to this morning's Nihon Keizai Shimbun. The new line of machines will use the Playstation 2's Emotion Engine processor, and although the company doesn't seem to have said anything about the OS as yet, Linux would seem the logical choice.
[...] Sony intends to aim the workstations at broadcast, film production and software developers. This morning's Japanese reports also extend Sony's processor roadmap a tad. Yesterday in San Jose it went to 2002, but this morning we've a second refresh in 2005. Things move fast in IT...