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Cell processor preps for TV debut

Posted: 06 Oct 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:flat panel TV? Toshiba Cell TV? processor?

The Cell processor, originally created for Sony's PlayStation 3 game console, will power Cell TV, Toshiba Corp.'s next-generation flat-panel TV expected to be launched in fall of 2009.

Toshiba last week showcased the company's prototype Cell TV at CEATEC Japan.

The display was similar to what Toshiba highlighted during the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year. But the Japanese company was much more forthright in pitching specific advantages of "Cell TV" in real-world applications.

Video stream features
"The next-generation TV is anticipated to display and play back video content from various sources, particularly in high-resolution and easy-to-view manner," said Yoshihiro Nishida, senior specialist, core technology center, Toshiba.

During the demonstration, Toshiba's Cell TV boasted its screen 48 video streams stored in a HDD unit.

The same TV could also time-slice one video program in 48 segments and play them back on the same screen at the same time. "This enables viewers to select a particular video segment that they want to watch," said Nishida.

"The Cell processor can also decode eight live broadcast streams simultaneously," he added, "when featuring eight TV tuners."

"Channel changes are faster on Cell TV, because live video streams are already decoded simultaneously, like in the good old days of analog TV," he noted.

"Now, one of the setbacks of digital TV is that it takes about 1s or 2s to shift channels," he cited. When asked who else will be using Cell processor for similar TVs, Nishida refused to comment.

- Junko Yoshida
EE Times

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