Toshiba’s SpursEngine Chip to Improve Internet Videos with PS3 Tech

Toshiba’s SpursEngine Chip to Improve Internet Videos with PS3 Tech

Toshiba’s new SprusEngine chip can’t do anything about annoying internet memes, but it does promise to include their image quality a bit.


The new SpursEngine is a quad-core chip based upon Cell architecture (think of it as a scaled back PS3). Bundled in Toshiba's upcoming Qosmio multimedia laptops, the chip not only assists the Core 2 Duo in intense calculations and decodes MPEG2 and MPEG4, but it will "clean up" internet video like a sort of YouTube upscaler.

This video enhancement only works through Internet Explorer when video is played back full screen. And the technology is Japan-only for the time being, arriving in laptops this week that start at $US2,000. Maybe if the SpursEngine simply blocked all YouTube content, we'd have a deal. [Network World]