Toshiba to Ship High-end Multimedia Laptops with SpursEngine Chip to Improved HD Video Quality

Submitted by lalit on May 9, 2008 - 9:20pm.

Toshiba unveiled its plan to ship notebooks equipped with SpursEngine graphics chip by end of this year. Toshiba will use the SpursEngine SE100 chip in high-end multimedia oriented laptops such as the Qosmio G40 notebook computer. The SE1000 is based on the Cell processor used in PlayStation 3. The SE1000 will have four cores compared to eight core found on the processor used by PS3. The chip is capable of MPEG-2 and H.264 encoding and decoding at full HD resolution. The chip will also be capable of upscaling standard definition to full HD resolution (1080p). Toshiba is planning to later use the chip in other products like TV and DVD players also. Now don’t start thinking that Toshiba is replacing the graphics card on the computer as this chip is mainly designed to handle video only and the graphics cards will still handle 3D stuff. We have to wait till Toshiba releases SpursEngine based laptops to see how much difference the chip makes in video playback quality.