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Toshiba presents Qosmio Notebook equipped with Cell Co-Processor

Within the barrage of new and boring video players at CEATEC2007, Toshiba demoed today a Qosmio laptop equipped with their new SpursEngine. The SpursEngine is a processor loaded with four Cell Broadband Engine cores-called Synergistic Processing Elements-the same technology inside the PS3. The new processor, which also has MPEG-2 and H.264 encoding/decoding units, is designed to handle images and video bypassing the CPU or the graphic card, doing all sorts of magic to it, like real-time face recognition of video streams, like they showed in their demo:

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fury3548d ago (Edited 3548d ago )

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lol j/k

ShiftyLookingCow3548d ago

it will be weird if these laptops were also equipped with HD-DVD drives

WilliamRLBaker3548d ago

id be funny as hell and would prove the whole war is stupid and they should just stop, get together make a unified amazing format, and then phase out hd dvd and blu ray together and make the new discs playable on both hd dvd and bluray players so early adoptors dont feel left out.

Shankle3548d ago

And then join hands under the rainbow and sing kumbaya!

gerrard3548d ago

Warner already tried that with total hd disc(works with both Bluray and HD DVD)and was rejected by both sides.

Grinchy3548d ago

Does that mean it costs loads, full of promise, then falls flat!? lol?
yes i am an Arsenal supporter

Bonsai12143548d ago

i got the reference instantly. and was actually going to make a joke about it, but you beat me to it..

jackie chann3548d ago

Is this going to out perform a quad core?

DJ3548d ago

If they manage to do OpenGL acceleration with the SpursEngine, I may actually look into getting a Toshiba PC. Right now I'm shopping for computers that can handle my render workload.

socomnick3548d ago

Open gl ? I though the standard was directx 10 :/

Ju3547d ago

I was actually thinking the same. It could help a lot with spu specific coding, shaders etc. They didn't say what it will cost, though, did they ?

ShiftyLookingCow3547d ago

I thought both OpenGL and DX have working implementations only on dedicated cards, yeah I know there is stuff like MesaGL that works on "software mode" but they are nowhere near as fast or powerful.

DJ3547d ago

It offers greater performance than DirectX, and I don't have to do any programming so it works out great. Lightwave 9.3 finally uses GPU acceleration, so I have to get a good GPU if I want to keep up.

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