Toshiba Demos Cell Processor

“In the film, 48 MPEG-2 streams stored on a HDD were read, decoded and projected to a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution display divided into 8 x 6 cells, each of which showed a different video fitted to the cell size. The company expects the technology to be used to display moving thumbnails in a video list. Of the eight synergistic processor elements (SPE) featured by the Cell, six are used for decoding 48 MPEG-2 streams and one is used for scaling the screen. The remaining SPE can be used for a completely different processing. ”

A version of this cell processor, if not an identical copy, is expected to be used in the new Playstation 3 gaming console which should be announced at this years E3 show.