Toshiba’s Cell TV

48 video streams are displayed on Toshibas Cell TV. The streams are stored in a hard-disk drive unit.

48 video streams are displayed on Toshiba's Cell TV. The streams are stored in a hard-disk drive unit.

At recent trade shows Toshiba has been showing off its Cell TV. It’s a television that has a Cell processor in it. TV sets equipped with a Cell processor, as opposed to a non-programmable chip, will allow Toshiba to improve the image-quality via software upgrades as new and improved filtering algorithms are developed. No hardware upgrade required on these sets.

Toshiba will benefit because having a fully programmable chip allows for a faster time-to-market as it avoids building a new custom chip to accommodate new filtering techniques.

The chips inclusion means no need for an upscaling DVD player and the Cell processor can handle multiple video streams, which means users can preview up to six HD streams at once, before deciding which one they want to watch.

….brad….

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