Toshiba: SpursEngine Quad Core HD Processor laptops
Toshiba Japan just announced a new line up of notebook PC’s that contain their SpursEngine Cell Processor technology. Super Upconversion is finally on its’ way to the market.
The new notebooks are dubbed the Qosmio G50 series and Qosmio F40 series, both of which contain the new cell processor technology, which offloads video work from the main system CPU. These systems are scheduled to launch in Japan late July. Here are a few key excerpts from the Toshiba press release.
“Derived from the high performance multi-core technology of the Cell Broadband Engineâ„¢*2 (Cell/B.E.), and combined with Toshiba’s advanced image processing technology, the SpursEngineâ„¢ integrates four synergistic processing elements (S.P.E.s)*3 and functions as a dedicated co-processor*4 that supports the smooth handling of high definition video streams, image recognition and image processing.
This new processor is designed to remove the burden of processing high definition video data streams from CPU, and it significantly improves processing power and speeds up the handling of multiple, resource-intensive video processing tasks such as conversion of standard definition video content to high definition quality.”
“First among these is support for Toshibaâ€™s breakthrough “High-resolution function” that upscales standard definition video sources and bring them to screen in high definition picture quality. This allows users to experience standard DVD video content with high definition quality.”
After looking at the features and specs for these new products, it looks like Toshiba really will be going head to head with Blu-ray again. The real question now is; when will Toshiba start integrating the cell processors into their standalone DVD players? And at what cost? If Toshiba is able to pump out inexpensive DVD players with “high definition quality” as they are advertising, it could cause some real trouble for the Blu-ray camp. We’ll certainly be keeping our eyes peeled for any future announcements.
Above: A picture of the Toshiba SpursEngine cell processor, via Impress. The full Toshiba press release can be found here. Thanks to Koba for sending this in.