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Game chips go mainstream

The powerful “Cell” microprocessor that fuels Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 3 video game console will be available in IBM mainframe computers so those high-performance machines can run complex online games and virtual worlds.

Jointly developed by IBM, Sony and Toshiba Corp., Cell is touted as a “supercomputer on a chip” because of its design, which includes one central processing unit helped by eight additional processors working on specific tasks.

Because of that unusual architecture, Cell’s use outside of PlayStations has been limited to specialized hardware for graphics-intensive functions such as military or medical applications.

Loan for water park

The owners of the Sno Mountain ski resort in Moosic have received a state-backed $5 million low-interest loan to purchase machinery and equipment for a planned water park. The former Montage Mountain was purchased for $5.1 million in November by a group of investors from the Philadelphia area.

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