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Toshiba is Set to Detail Its Cell-based TV in Early October


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253w ago - According to PCWorld (linked above), Toshiba will soon unveil its first television based on the Cell processor, the same multimedia chip that sits at the heart of the PlayStation 3 games console.

Toshiba has been showing prototypes of the television and Cell technology for the last couple of years and its unveiling on Oct. 5 will come just before its first public showing at the upcoming Ceatec electronics show.

While a launch date has not yet been announced, the timing of the unveiling suggests it should be on sale in Japan before the end of this year.

To quote: "The Cell chip was developed by Toshiba, IBM and Sony and each chip contains a single Power PC core and eight co-processors. Together the chips make heavy-duty processing of video a breeze.

During previous demonstrations of Cell TV prototypes, Toshiba has put the chip to use providing real-time upscaling of standard definition to a quality closer to that of high definition.

It has also been shown streaming multiple chapters from a recorded TV show to make navigating to a desired part of a program easy. It's similar to the multiscreen menus on some DVDs.

But for all the neat tricks it can do with video there's one thing it almost certainly won't do: run PlayStation 3 games. Toshiba has said several times that it has no intention of offering any sort of PlayStation compatibility in a Cell-based TV."



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#6 - LadyBiker06 - 253w ago
"But for all the neat tricks it can do with video there's one thing it almost certainly won't do: run PlayStation 3 games. Toshiba has said several times that it has no intention of offering any sort of PlayStation compatibility in a Cell-based TV."
Huh? does that mean that you couldn't hook up any Playstation console and play games on it, or play the games directly through the TV?

And I have to agree, it looks way too chunky for my tastes. I'd also like to be able to hang it on my wall but the size makes me a little nervous about the weight.

shollywood's Avatar
#5 - shollywood - 253w ago
Still unclear as to what the need for this would be? LED seems to look better to me than this clunky set...

KRaZE's Avatar
#4 - KRaZE - 253w ago
I wonder if it even supports 3D?

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#3 - semitope - 253w ago
i'm sorry but this looks like a 3 year old tv set, fat and ugly... i don't see the point, cell technology (except for the 65 to 45 reduction) is a 4 years old technology and they are only sale their first tv set now... meaning... it has no interest whatsoever or Sony would have released a bravia with cell technology years ago!!

come on upscalling waouh... every tv and player on the market now do it and they don't look like a first generation transformers... and having multiple screens, waouh that's really innovative too... give me a samsung or a sony 3D set please!!
Looks good to me. I just am not sure of the idea that the cell... would be in... a TV... just weird. My all powaphull ps3 getting degraded.

Mexicodude908's Avatar
#2 - Mexicodude908 - 253w ago
not really interested in another over priced tv lol sorry.

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