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Toshiba has begun sampling the graphics chip it hopes will beat Nvidia and AMD at the GPU game: the Cell-derived SpursEngine SE1000.



Oddly named it may be, but the SpursEngine packs in four of Cell's Synergistic Processing Element (SPE) cores. Cell has up to eight SPEs to handle vector data, along with a PowerPC-based general purpose computing core for everything else.

Each SPE is a SIMD Risc processor specialising in single- and double-precision floating point maths. The SE1000 also has a memory controller on board that links the SPEs to 128MB of Rambus XDR memory over a bus capable of pushing data at 12.8GB/s.


The reference board

Toshiba also said the chip is capable of MPEG 2 and H.264 encoding and decoding at 1080p full HD resolution, and those are the applications it's pitching the product at rather than 3D graphics. It said it's partnering with the likes of CyberLink, Leadtek and Corel - all makes of widely used PC-oriented video playback apps - to add support for the SE1000 to their software.

The SE1000 reference card fits into a 1x PCI Express 1.1 slot and runs the GPU at 1.5GHz. The chip's capable of 48GFlops, Toshiba said - 12GFlops per SPE. The card consumes just 10-20W of power.

The Japanese giant said it hopes to sell 6m SE1000s in the first three years of the chip's general release. It announced SpursEngine in September 2007.
Fits into a PCI-e 1x slot? Is that enough bandwidth? More importantly, does that mean SLI or CF and a Cell GPU?!?!
    
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Hahaha, a pci 1x slot... That thing will be lucky to outperform integrated graphics.

The hell are they thinking?
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Toshiba also said the chip is capable of MPEG 2 and H.264 encoding and decoding at 1080p full HD resolution, and those are the applications it's pitching the product at rather than 3D graphics.
So not for gaming. How many GFlops does 8800GTX put out?

EDIT: from the information that I have found this card should be a little faster in GFlop performance than a Geforce 8400 and about half the speed of a 8600.
    
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So not for gaming. How many GFlops does 8800GTX put out?
Probably about 400GFLOP, maybe more. The R600 was supposed to do 500GFLOP.

I think this would be great for a cheap way to add HD media to a cheaper computer. Would be great with a HD DVD driv... oh wait... nvm.

Still, for graphics cards, don't you need an output, like to a display?
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this just does the work for video it goes out the intagrated slot
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It's basically an HD coprocessor.
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Except it can encode! If the price is right and it can use all of H.264's features and encodes at a (very!) decent rate, I'm so getting this.

I would've liked if it could also encode to some MPEG-4 ASP codec, such as DivX or XviD.
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Would be great with a HD DVD driv... oh wait... nvm.
Why would Toshiba need to worry about HD-DVD when they have partnered with Sony to make Blu-Ray parts and these Cell-based electronics?
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A shame that they won't go for the big fish. Can't say I'm sold on the Cell but the more breath up Nvidia and ATI's back the better for everyone.
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Again, this is not for 3d graphics, this is for encoding/decoding HD video and things of that sort.
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