Toshiba Starts Sample Shipping of SpursEngine(TM) SE1000 High-Performance Stream Processor

Offering Development Environment to Advance Stream Processing Applications

In the Full-HD Era

Apr 08, 2008, 01:00 ET from Toshiba Corporation

    TOKYO, April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba Corporation today
 announced the start of sample shipping of the SpursEngine(TM) SE1000
 (SpursEngine), a high-performance stream processor integrating four
 Synergistic Processing Element (SPE) cores derived from the "Cell Broadband
 Engine(TM)" (Cell/B.E.(TM)). Sample shipping began today and Toshiba
 expects sales of 6 million units within the first three years of the
 SpursEngine's release.
     SpursEngine is a co-processor that integrates a hardware codec for full
 HD encoding and decoding of MPEG-2 and H.264 streams with four SPEs derived
 from Cell/B.E. These advanced processing elements offer high performance
 media streaming capabilities, with a clock frequency of 1.5GHz, while
 achieving a low power consumption range of 10W to 20W.
     "We are very pleased to have started sample shipping of the
 SpursEngine," said Yoshio Masubuchi, Director of Toshiba's System LSI
 Division, Advanced SoC Development Center. "The design of this powerful
 co-processor is dedicated to bringing the advanced capabilities of the
 Cell/B.E. to consumer electronics, particularly video processing in digital
 consumer products. We are sure that SpursEngine will accelerate the market
 for full-HD applications."
     Toshiba will support developers working on SpursEngine applications
 with a comprehensive reference kit that includes a reference board and
 essential middleware APIs. The reference board has a PCI-Express edge
 connector that can connect to an x1 layer slot in a PC. Toshiba will also
 provide an integrated development environment (SPE compiler, SPE debugger
 and performance monitor) and sample applications that demonstrate how to
 use the provided middleware. With the reference kit, customers can quickly
 and easily construct an evaluation and development environment and
 accelerate product development.
     Toshiba will further boost the performance and cut the power
 consumption of the SpursEngine to support further innovation in products
 offering new levels of functionality.
     Co-operation between Toshiba and the SpursEngine(TM) SE1000
     Toshiba is developing co-operative relationships with many partner
 companies in order to develop wide scope video solutions that utilize the
 SpursEngine. For example, Toshiba is partnering with Corel Corporation,
 whose headquarters are in Canada, and Taiwan-based CyberLink Corporation
 and Leadtek Research Inc. These companies produce popular video and image
 processing software and hardware, such as graphic boards, and will together
 supply to set manufacturers. By working together with these companies and
 creating a new value chain, many end users can enjoy a comfortable digital
 life by using partner boards and software bundled with the SpursEngine.
Outline of SpursEngine(TM) SE1000 Product Number BXA32110XBGN Sample Shipping April 2008 Processor SPE 4 core SPE Fully compliant with Cell/B.E.(TM) SPE Instruction Set SIMD RISC/Single & double -precision floating-point arithmetic /DMAC/MMU Memory Interface (XDR(TM) DRAM) 128MB(512Mbit x2), Physical Bandwidth of 12.8GB/s Hardware Video Codec Full HD Capable MPEG2 Encoder and Decoder Full HD Capable H.264 Encoder and Decoder PCI-Express I/F x1, x4 PCI-Express Compliant with Base Specification Revision 1.1 Outline of SpursEngine(TM) Reference Kit Product Name SpursEngine SE1000 Reference Kit Model BXK005000 Main Engine Processing Maximum 48GFlops SpursEngine SE1000 Performance 12GFlops/1SPE Element Core SPEx4 Operating Frequency 1.5GHz Registers 128bit x 128/1SPE Hardware Internal Memory Local Storage 256KB/1SPE Endpoint Host Interface 1 lane link support Functions Compliant Base PCI-Express specification, Revision 1.1 Memory Physical Bandwidth 12.8GB/s XDR(TM)DRAM Memory Size 128MB Basic software, libraries and tool chain for host and Software SPE program development. Sample applications for user programs. * XDR(TM) DRAM is a trademark of Rambus Inc. in the United States and other countries. * SpursEngine(TM) and the logo are trademarks of Toshiba Corporation. * Cell Broadband Engine(TM) and Cell/B.E.(TM) are trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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