Cell processor to be used in new Toshiba Qosmio notebooks Page: 1 Toshiba to use Cell processor in next Qosmio multimedia notebooks
The Cell BE processor is probably best known for its use in the Playstation 3 console. Well it appears that Toshiba are looking to implement a version of the 'Cell' in their new Qosmio multimedia notebooks as part of their new high-definition strategy. The stripped-down Cell processor is called the Spurs Engine (SE) or SE1000.
The SE1000 chip will make its commercial debut in two new notebooks, which are expected to be based on Intel’s Montevina platform, and promises “over-the-top multimedia” experience with real-time video encoding.
Fe details about these notebooks, which are scheduled – just in line for the Montevina platform debut – for a mid-July launch, are known so far, but what sticks out of the product pages is the company’s “new quad-core HD processor”. Compared to the PS3’s 3.2 GHz Cell BE processor with eight SPE cores, the 65 nm SE1000 has only four active SPE cores.
Pricing of the F50 (a 15.4” notebook that will include a GPS module) and the G50 (18.4”) are expected to begin in the $2500 neighborhood and top out and well above $3000.