October 2008 saw Japan's biggest electronics show: Ceatec. More than 196,000 visitors to Ceatec got a chance to see the best of the Japanese electronics industry, including some exciting prototypes of devices that are still a long way from hitting the market.
Spurs Engine video cards
The first add-in video cards for PCs based on Toshiba's SpursEngine video chip are out this month.
The SpursEngine is based on the same Cell processor architecture as the chip used in the PlayStation 3 console and is designed to process HD (high-definition) video.
Leadtek and Thomson both have cards coming to market. Leadtek's card will arrive later this month, and will cost around ¥30,000. Thomson's cards will arrive in November, and are expected to cost from ¥40,000 to ¥50,000. SpursEngine is capable of encoding or decoding HD video thanks to hardware MPEG2 and H.264 codecs and can upscale standard-definition video to HD on the fly, without tying up the computer's microprocessor.
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