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Cell BE Programming Handbook Including PowerXCell 8i
Related links: Cell Broadband Engine, PowerXCell 8i

Programmer's Guide
This handbook describes the extensive programming facilities of the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.) and IBM PowerXCell™ 8i processors, which are collectively called Cell Broadband Engine Architecture processors (CBEA processors). The Cell Broadband Engine Architecture (CBEA) was developed jointly by Sony, Toshiba, and IBM; it extends the 64-bit PowerPC Architecture ™. The Cell/B.E. processor is a result of that collaboration between Sony, Toshiba, and IBM. It is the first implementation of a multiprocessor family conforming to the CBEA. The PowerXCell 8i processor also conforms to the CBEA. It provides a double data rate 2 (DDR2) memory interface and improved double-precision, floating-point performance and additional double-precision instructions. Both CBEA processors comprise eight Synergistic Processor Elements (SPEs) and one PowerPC Processor Element (PPE).

Publication Number: v1.11

Revision Date: 05/12/08

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