Leadtek and Thomson will soon unveil video cards based on the Cell-based SpursEngine chip from Toshiba:
Toshiba has already used the SpursEngine in a Qosmio notebook, part of the restructuring plan Toshiba laid out in May to highlight its Cell capabilities. Now, however, the Cell will be sold to Leadtek and Thomson for sale as a discrete graphics card, PC World reports.
Leadtek and Thomson both plan to introduce add-in video cards based on SpursEngine in the coming weeks, the paper reported. Leadtek's card, the Winfast PxVC 1100, will arrive later this month, and will cost around ¥30,000 (US$286). Thomson's cards will arrive in November, and are expected to cost from ¥40,000 to ¥50,000. However, there is no word whether the cards will be shipped to the United States.
SpursEngine may offer a big performance boost in video transcoding applications.