Toshiba is Set to Detail Its Cell-based TV in Early October
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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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!!
not really interested in another over priced tv lol sorry.
I wonder if it even supports 3D?
Still unclear as to what the need for this would be? LED seems to look better to me than this clunky set...
09-29-2009 #7"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."
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.