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Toshiba SpursEngine stream processors now sampling

Posted: 21 Apr 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SpursEngine stream processors? sample shipments? Cell/B.E.?

Toshiba Corp. has announced the start of sample shipping of the SpursEngine SE1000 (SpursEngine), a high-performance stream processor integrating four Synergistic Processing Element (SPE) cores derived from the "Cell Broadband Engine" (Cell/B.E.). Sample shipping began Apr 8 and Toshiba expects sales of 6 million units within the first three years of the SpursEngine's release.

SpursEngine is a co-processor that integrates a hardware codec for full HD encoding and decoding of MPEG-2 and H.264 streams with four SPEs derived from Cell/B.E. These processing elements promise high performance media streaming capabilities, with a clock frequency of 1.5GHz, while achieving a low power consumption range of 10W to 20W.

"We are very pleased to have started sample shipping of the SpursEngine," said Yoshio Masubuchi, director of Toshiba's System LSI Division, Advanced SoC Development Center . "The design of this powerful coprocessor is dedicated to bringing the advanced capabilities of the Cell/B.E. to consumer electronics, particularly video processing in digital consumer products. We are sure that SpursEngine will accelerate the market for full-HD applications."

Toshiba will provide developers working on SpursEngine applications a comprehensive reference kit that includes a reference board and essential middleware APIs. The reference board has a PCIe edge connector that can connect to an x1 layer slot in a PC. Toshiba will also provide an integrated development environment (SPE compiler, SPE debugger and performance monitor) and sample applications that demonstrate how to use the provided middleware. With the reference kit, customers can quickly and easily construct an evaluation and development environment and accelerate product development.

Toshiba said it will further boost the performance and cut the power consumption of the SpursEngine to support further innovation in products offering new levels of functionality.





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