Toshiba today announced development of the "SpursEngine", a high-performance stream processor integrating Synergistic Processing Element (SPE) cores derived from the Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.TM).
The SpursEngine is expressly designed to bring the powerful capabilities of the Cell/B.E. technology to consumer electronics, and to take video processing in digital consumer products.
The prototype of SpursEngine will be unveiled at CEATEC JAPAN 2007,
at Makuhari Messe, Japan, from October 2nd. Notebook PCs integrating
SpursEngine will be used in the world's first public demonstration
of the processor's capabilities in 3D image processing and
manipulation: real-time transformations of hair styles and makeup
that instantaneously recognize and process changes in position,
angle, and facial expression, and render them as computer graphics.
Toshiba also plans to demonstrate concept notebook PCs integrating
SpursEngine, a co-processor that works in cooperation with a host
CPU, fuses Cell/B.E.'s high performance multi-core technology with
Toshiba's advanced image processing technology to perform stream
processing of video sources--image recognition and processing--at
the increasingly sophisticated level required by new generations of
digital consumer products.
The new co-processor integrates four of Cell/B.E.'s high performance
RISC core SPEs, half the number of the full configuration, plus
hardware dedicated to decoding and encoding MPEG-2 and H.264 video.
By combining the real time processing software of the
SPEs with the hardware video codecs, the SpursEngine realizes an
optimized balance of processing flexibility and low power
consumption. The prototype of SpursEngine operates at a clock
frequency of 1.5GHz and consumes power at 10 to 20 watts.
SpursEngine also adopts XDRTM DRAM memory as working memory,
achieving support of high data transfer rates, for large volumes of
Toshiba will bring SpursEngine to market after CEATEC, for
application in various digital consumer products, and for use by
customers and Toshiba itself, as soon as it completes specifications
for commercial production.
The Cell Broadband Engine
The revolutionary Cell/B.E., jointly developed by IBM, Sony Group
and Toshiba, is a breakthrough design featuring a central processing
core based on IBM's Power Architecture technology and eight
synergistic processing elements (SPE). Cell/B.E. brings an unseen
level of broadband processing power to digital products.
Synergistic Processor Element is a processor core that has high
performance floating point computation capability with an original
instruction set architecture, for optimized processing of multiple