The New York Times > Technology > Sony Unveils Details About PlayStation 3: "To power the PlayStation 3, Sony will use a Cell processor architecture developed by I.B.M., Sony and Toshiba. Each chip has nine processors, 'the most in any consumer application,' said Lisa Su, an I.B.M. software technology group vice president.
The Cell technology can process 10 times the number of operations of previous game processors, giving the PlayStation 3 the ability to run multiple programs in parallel. For example, intricate graphics can be created while various online entertainment programs run simultaneously, Ms. Su said.
Those could include the ability to play games while conducting high-definition video chats, surfing the Web or accessing music, movies or photographs stored on the console."