[CEATEC] Toshiba Demonstrates 3D CG Composition on 'Cell' Equipped PC

Oct 3, 2007
Yasushi Uchida, Nikkei Electronics
The Qosmio Series equipped with the Spurs Engine based on Cell technology
The Qosmio Series equipped with the Spurs Engine based on Cell technology
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The small board that holds the Spurs Engine: The board is connected to the main board via PCI Express.
The small board that holds the Spurs Engine: The board is connected to the main board via PCI Express.
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Toshiba Corp. exhibited a notebook computer equipped with the Spurs Engine media processor based on the Cell Broadband Engine technology at CEATEC Japan 2007.

The Spurs Engine executes operations that cause a heavy load on the processor, such as the encoding and decoding of video data and image recognition. In Toshiba's booth, a demonstration is performed in which a video image captured by a camera is synthesized into three-dimensional computer graphics in real time with the use of the Spurs Engine.

The Spurs Engine is equipped with four SPEs, a codec circuit supporting MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, and other components. An SPE is the RISC processor that serves as the computational core of Cell. It operates at a frequency of 1.5 GHz. The Spurs Engine media processor and XDR DRAM are mounted on a board that is connected to the main board via PCI Express.

The demonstration performed in Toshiba's booth is called Facemation, which is based on a three-dimensional face recognition technology. In this demonstration, The Spurs Engine processes the face image input from the camera connected to a personal computer in real time, estimating the position, direction and expression of the face.

The image thus processed is then subjected to three-dimensional rendering by a graphics rendering processor, thereby virtually applying makeup on the face image and changing the hairstyle.