Firm demands destruction of PS3's Cell processor

A new suit filed against Sony Corp. of America says the PS3's Cell processor infringes on an existing patent, and demands the "impounding and destruction" of all of Sony's infringing processors.

On July 26, Newport Beach, Calif.-based Parallel Processing filed a complaint against Sony that alleges the infringement of patent no. 5,056,000, according to a filing obtained by Next Generation.

The patent, "Synchronized Parallel Processing with Shared Memory" was issued in October 1991. It describes a high-speed computer that breaks down a program "into smaller concurrent processes running in different parallel processors" and resynchronizes the program for faster processing times.