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Video: Toshiba 'SpursEngine' laptop

See the SpursEngine in action

The SpursEngine graphics chip is back in the latest Toshiba Qosmio laptop and it has a new job: cleaning up internet video.

As our recent Toshiba Oosmio 'SpursEngine' review explains, the new computers, which were launched last week in Japan and will be available soon in Europe, include software to automatically clean-up the quality of web video.

The system is based on the SpursEngine chip, which was developed by Toshiba as an off-shoot from its work with IBM and Sony on the Cell processor, which powers the PlayStation 3. The SpursEngine contains parallel graphics processing cores and hardware encoders and decoders for MPEG2 and MPEG4 and is targeted at heavy graphics work.

Toshiba has developed a plug-in for Internet Explorer that will invoke the SpursEngine whenever full-screen Flash video is played through IE.

Watch the video below to see the SpursEngine in action.

Toshiba SpursEngine laptop


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