Toshiba Releases Laptops with Cell-based 'SpursEngine'

Jun 25, 2008
Yukiko Kanoh, Nikkei Electronics
The "Qosmio G50" series
The "Qosmio G50" series
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The "Qosmio F50" series
The "Qosmio F50" series
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Toshiba Corp will release the "Qosmio G50" and "Qosmio F50" series notebook PCs featuring its "SpursEngine SE1000" quad-core media processor in late July 2008.

The SpursEngine SE1000 processor is capable of advanced image processing, incorporating "SPE (Synergistic Processor Element)" processor cores of the "Cell Broadband Engine" and codec circuits for H.264 and MPEG-2 specifications, for example. With the SpursEngine SE1000 assuming image-related processing, the notebook PCs can process images at high speeds without placing loads on microprocessors as existing PCs do, Toshiba said.

The Qosmio G50 and F50 series products can perform diverse kinds of image processing with the SpursEngine SE1000. They feature the (upconvert) capability that supplements the image quality of SD video and converts SD video into HDTV video in real time.

Also, it can compress terrestrial digital broadcasts in the H.264 format and record about eight times larger amount (approximately 492 hours at maximum) of video compared with the company's existing notebook PCs.

In addition, sharply reducing the time to encode video when recording it on DVDs, the notebook PCs can dub video from their HDDs to DVDs in half the time required by Toshiba's existing model.

For video search, the computers support capabilities to automatically recognize and search for human faces in video and to extract a still image at regular time intervals and search through it.

The Qosmio G50 series features a Web camera and allows users to replay, pause and fast-forward video and control the volume with gestures of their hands and fingers.

Supporting Toshiba's REGZA Link, the computers can be operated using the "REGZA" LCD TVs' remote controllers. Given the two terrestrial digital broadcast tuners, they can record two programs at the same time. In addition, they are planned to support "Dubbing 10."

The notebook PCs employed Intel Corp's "Core 2 Duo" microprocessor. Their graphics processor unit (GPU) is NVIDIA Corp's "GeForce 9600M GT" and OS is Microsoft Corp's "Windows Vista Home Premium." Each model is equipped with a DVD super multi-drive.

They support both LAN and wireless LAN for communications. The Qosmio G50 series uses an 18.4-inch wide TFT LCD panel, while the Qosmio F50 series uses a 15.4-inch wide TFT LCD panel.