The first add-in video cards based on Toshibas SpursEngine video chip will soon hit the market, as the company looks to tap growing user interest in high-definition video. Based on the same Cell processor architecture as the chip used in Sony Computer Entertainments PlayStation 3 console, the SpursEngine was released earlier this year. Designed to process high-definition video, the SpursEngine chip has four Cell cores. The first computers to include the chip, Toshibas Qosmio G50 and F40 laptops, were unveiled in June.
Leadtek and Thomson both plan to introduce add-in video cards based on SpursEngine in the coming weeks. Leadteks card will arrive later this month, and will cost around Â¥30,000 (US$286)
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