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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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#1 - agoudeau - 252w 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!!

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