Toshiba Cell-based SpursEngine to hit Qosmio notebooks this year

May 10, 2008
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Toshiba Cell-based SpursEngine to hit Qosmio notebooks this year

After teasing us back in January with a working prototype but no plan to implement it, Toshiba have changed their tune over their graphically marvellous SpursEngine.  Based on the same Cell CPU that gives the PlayStation 3 its graphical grunt, their SE1000 chip in fact contains four of those processors.  Toshiba have now confirmed that the SE1000 will be included in their own high-end multimedia laptops later in 2008, presumably the Qosmio G40.

Toshiba SpursEngine prototype

Intended to turn around Toshiba's ailing fortunes following the collapse of HD-DVD, the confirmation was included in a strategy outline from company management this week.  The SpursEngine's strength is its abilities in MPEG 2 and H.264 encoding and decoding at high-definition 1080p resolution.  Toshiba are calling it "Super-resolution": upscaling standard definition media far more efficiently than with current technology.

Super-resolution is not only for notebooks, however.  Toshiba have plans to put it in their upcoming TV, DVD and PC lines.  They, however, won't be available until 2009.

[via Register Hardware]


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