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Toshiba plans PS3-based TV, notebook PC

updated 12:25 pm EDT, Fri May 9, 2008

Toshiba Cell TV, notebook

Toshiba has announced plans to launch two new commercial products based on Sony's PlayStation 3 technology, according to a Japanese news site. Tech-On! writes that a forthcoming TV will use the PS3's core Cell processor, in order to enable some high-end features; among these are real-time upscaling of SD signals into HD resolution, and the ability to play and record multiple TV shows at the same time. Unusual is the description of another option, "displaying video as if it is being viewed through opera glasses." This may simply refer to a zoom function.

The company is also planning a new notebook PC, one which will use Toshiba and Sony's SpursEngine graphics processor. Little else is known about the computer, except that it should ship sometime in 2008. The Cell-based TV, meanwhile, is only expected to arrive in the fall of 2009.

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