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Leadtek WinFast HPVC1100 Becomes First External SpursEngine-based Video Encoder

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  1. btarunr

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    Leadtek has been toying with the idea of bringing Toshiba's SpursEngine HD video encoder to the masses. The company earlier unveiled one of the first consumer add-on cards to sell this technology, and now has an external video encoder unit called Leadtek WinFast HPVC1100. The device connects to a host PC using PCI-Express cabling. It weighs 194x45x90 mm, and 0.7 kg (1.54 lbs).

    SpursEngine is a video encoding concept originally conceived by Toshiba, which uses a modified CELL Broadband Engine chip to handle HD video on some of its premium laptops. It is said to accelerate PEG4-AVC/H.264, MPEG-2 video encoding, although performance figures are yet to surface. The SpursEngine processor makes use of 128 MB of Rambus XDR memory. The pricing and availability for HPVC1100 are yet to be known.

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    Looks like a elongated speaker:wtf:
     
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    rambus XDR? i can see that being fun to find.
     
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    Yeah, every PS3 carries it.
     
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    Looks like they are once again putting to use what Sony paid for, just like they did with the 360. Interesting though.
     
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    ohh really? i could have swore it was a joint project :rolleyes:
     
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    What was joint? You mean Sony and Toshbia? Or Sony and Microsoft? Or Sony forking over a ton of cash to have something developed for their system and then given to the other side, and now looks like used by a 3rd. Sony's fault for not clearing it up on contract and stating that any uses beyond the PS3 would reward Sony with royalties, but still a pretty lame thing ;)
     
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    It was joint between IBM,Sony and Toshbia.....if anything its ibm that should be charging royalties for use considering you know...they built the achitecture and everything :rolleyes:
     
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    It's not who built it, it's who paid to have it built. And paid to have it built for themselves, not the competition. Sony could have thrown a shit fit, but in the end they just wanted a good system and let it slide after they found out.
     
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    Sony don't strike me as the kind of company to let things slide, at least their record label...

    Also '128 MB of Rambus XDR memory', read 'hot as hell'. Friends PC uses old rambus, its fast for its spec but DONT EVER TOUCH THE MEMORY, third degree burns will ensue. :banghead:
     
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    :shadedshu your clearly missing the point, all three of them invested in the project and all three can and will do what ever they want with the project, Like IBM with roadrunner, Sony with the ps3 and Toshiba with this...and a few other things lol

    Edit: for some reason i cant help but think your referring to Microsoft and IBM....which has nothing to do with anything and if you think it does look at what i just posted
     
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    great news!...very nice!...
     
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    First off, seriously what is with the faces on each post, just a discussion buddy.

    Anyways, not missing the point, sure one company put in. But that cell processor (I hope you realize thats what I have been talking about) was conceived by Sony and funds mostly by Sony. And while in production Toshbia turned their back and told Microsoft they got some sweet processor, that is not how to run a business.

    Don't see how that refers to IBM really, and not even Microsoft really, only them because they got in on a good deal on something that had already been funded by Sony. But they didn't know that Toshbia employs had came out and said the office was very secretive and tense, because something wasn't right.

    We'll see if Sony goes back to Toshbia next time though.

    Anyways back on topic, it will be really interesting to see exactly how these perform since it's being marketed at laptops, wonder the performance gain.
     
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    IBM factors into it because Cell is based heavily on PPC-64. If anybody has majority rights to it, it's IBM.
     

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