[QUOTE=icefloe01;2563593]If you read the summary on the 11th page, http://www.freepatentsonline.com/20100312969.pdf you’ll see it talks about a reconfigurable interface. I’m betting they’re talking about the gigabit ethernet port. The gigabit part is good for local networks only as residential internet speeds rarely, truely go above 12Mbps. So I would guess that would be reconfigured to some proprietary interface that could handle both highspeed data + network and the ethernet connection would probably be moved off to the add-on device. But, in the summary it also talks about the potential for the interface to be over multiple ports.
Just my observation and thoughts on it,
Transmitting data at gigabit speed to another Processor?
Ethernet is really inefficient, and the delays (OMFG) and basing processing offloading on a gigabit ethernet port that, if lucky, might get upto 400Mb/s on a good day depending on the network chip and interface selected, is not really conducive to a real-time co-processor.
Gigabit ethernet isn’t really gigabit, and gigabit is not as fast as everyone thinks … it’s just that common internet speeds of 4-30Mbps is pitifully slow
The sata port is configured to get 1.5Gbps consistently and will get a reliable 100MB/s (800Mb/s).
The way I see it, they can have both USB ports 2x480Mb/s (480Mb/s reliably), the sata port 1500Mb/s (1000Mbps reliably) & ethernet port 1000Gb/s (400Mb/s reliably) givin a total of 1880Mb/s and still end up without enough processing power for new games, because the CELL cpu is busy co-ordinating communications with the new coprocessor through the various ports …
It will be interesting to see, regardless.