Toshiba shows off first TV based on Cell chip

By on October 5, 2009, 4:15 PM
Toshiba is hoping to take the television market to a whole new level later this year with the introduction of a 55-inch model based on the powerful Cell multimedia processor. The new Cell Regza 55X1 uses a variant of the chip found in the PlayStation 3 and some high-end computer servers from IBM, enabling "ultra-high-speed processing and recording, enhanced navigation and seamless network interactivity."

The Cell chip is housed in a separate box that also serves as a DVR with 3TB of total storage. It also enables the Regza 55X1 to show up to eight channels on-screen at once, time-shift these channels simultaneously for 26 hours, and boot up a web browser based on Opera.

As far as technical specs go, the 55-inch set itself has a LED block array divided into 512 local dimming zones that contribute to a 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 1,250cd/m2 brightness. It refreshes at up to 240Hz and has a seven-speaker sound bar at the bottom.

Toshiba will start selling the Regza 55X1 this December in Japan for no less than a million Yen -- or about $11,200 when it arrives in the U.S. early next year. Ultimately, the company wants to produce less pricey Cell-based models for the mainstream, and is reportedly considering selling the platform to other TV makers.

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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Holy cow, that is some sorta beast! I'll wait until the half-price sale is on though. :p

Guest said:

Oh Come on! .. I just bought my LCD 40" 1080p TV...Now this?

I need time to use it man!!! I am already feeling last-gen.

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Why can't the PS3 do anything that sounds even half as impressive as this monster, 8 channels at once??? Thats a whole lot of TV, those crazy Japanese sure do like to watch their TV.

Tehoste Tehoste said:

Do want. 3TB of storage! Damn, I have less in my pc. I'm asking myself how one person could record that much TV..

SlowCow said:

What a beast of a TV, I don't know if theres ever 8 things on TV worth watching at any one time though. Also how does one hook up 8 separate channels to a TV?

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

Sweet now if only I could win the lottery.

Guest said:

So, one needs a mini reactor to power this beast? :P

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

With 8 grown-up movies playing at the same time, I can get back to work in seconds! Of course, for $11,200, work will need to pay me well.

Guest said:

Remember that scene in Back to the Future Part II with the video wall and Marty watching all those channels at once. I guess we're there.

mattfrompa mattfrompa said:

mini? I'd have two on hand

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