A proccessor called "Psyche" has been talked about for quite a while now. At first, the name spread within News Groups, then to the Web, and among enthusiasts like clerks who work for shops in Akihabara or Nipponbashi. There were people who doubted its ability to upgrade the capacity of a machine just by connecting it to the mother board. The editorial section succeded in obtaining a processor which is believed to be "Psyche" through a certain route, and here is a detailled report of it. However, we cannot tell you how we obtained it, and questions about the proccessor cannot be answered.

As you can see from its appearance, it has a multiple layer structure. It seems that the accumulation ability per die area is not exceptionally high since it is a small rot prototype. We got the body but have no documents about the device. Therefore, it was installed by trial and error.

As it was rumored, you place the proccessor on 429pin North Bridge, the chip set of the mother board. It was not so difficult to set the device since it was like setting an Over Drive accelerator to the old 386 model. However, we had a hard time making it start. The proccessor brings 133mhz base clock to 400mhz and interrupts the memory controller with the transmitting rate of 1.6GB/sec. To our surprise, Psyche seems to control the whole mother board and even I/O with its own command by intercepting BIOS. Therefore, the jumper settings will be made invalid. Indeed, it is possible to upgrade the crock by this method, and also the signals and I/O for special purposes can be upgraded drastically. However, it is the result that is important. In the ordinary bench mark test, it was excellent in all aspects like CPU, FPU, and ray tracing but this was not so surprising. It seems that Psyche shows its real ability when connected to a network. During the various tests it proved unbelievably efficient in broadcasting on the network. Psyche employs 126bit memory which is equivalent to L2 cash and it seems that the command packet of a network is translated by an interpreter method and responds back with a protocol method. Due to this, the amount of data in the packet and the time needed for transmission was improved significantly. Adding to this, the protocol used here involves the code of network protocol which is called next generation TCP/IP, and what was "not visible" has become visible by this. When we accessed to a network with a machine with Psyche, things that we did not intend to download were downloaded automatically and the registry was rewritten. At the same time, an application like an e-mailer was installed and a strange message was shown in the floating window. This message was an oracle and it commanded me. The prophesy must be carried out. "Eastern Mathematical Knights" will save my soul and the software that put me back to where I should be shall stop the secretion of serotonin in my brain and take me to the world where there is no agony and grief...[followed by gibberish (or code?)]

text by chiaki j. konaka
graphic by yoshitoshi abe
translation by akiko matsumoto
[lain for Television] 7/6 (MON) 25:15 ~ (TXN)