Toshiba Cell TV Preview
Toshiba again talked about its upcoming Cell TV technology which utilizes the IBM/Sony PowerPC-based Cell processor to allow for advanced video processing and frame interpolation o both standard definition and high definition content. There is a lot being talked about, and a working demo on the show floor, however now they are claiming that this will be shipping in 2009! The new Cell TV will feature:
- A powerful cell broadband processor with a focus on advanced picture quality and advanced applications
- Wireless HD video support, even at the highest resolutions
- Built-in hard disc storage with server capabilities for receiving and distributing content throughout the home
- Seamless Internet connectivity for downloading and accessing network content
The Cell TV will ultimately combine elements of IPTV, multi-source file compatibility (HDD, SD, USB, etc), DLNA support for remote file sharing/streaming, and full (and largely transparent) Internet support.
On the real cutting edge side of the Cell TV, the system is said to be able to handle six (6) simultaneous HD streams at once. That means it can record 6 HD streams to the drive or storage system simultaneously. It will utilize a completely new 3D graphical user interface (GUI) and provide a new way of accessing data and programming material easily and from multiple locations. DLNA support and advanced networking would indicate that this box should be able to serve an entire home full of HD displays and enable itself to be a potential AV hub for large amounts of content.
With that said, Toshiba claims they will release this technology this year, however we'll refrain from holding our breath until we see an actual set-top product arrive on the market. It's certainly got potential and was the most exciting thing we heard at Toshiba's press event.
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