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Toshiba Unveils Monumental CELL Powered HDTV

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When Sony first unveiled the PlayStation 3 it made a claim - equally exciting as the PS3 itself - that the CELL processor which powers it would turn up in many more products than simply a games console. Well it has been some wait, but finally CELL co-creator Toshiba has unveiled something rather exciting...

The 'CELL REGZA 55X1' is the first high definition TV to integrate the CELL platform. What is its job? In essence to perform intensive multimedia applications (including web browsing) and to calculate advanced image processing algorithms. By way of numbers, Toshiba claims the CELL platform inside the 55X1 has 143x the processing capability of its current flagship REGZA TVs.

Consequently it seems rather important to take advantage of all this horsepower and to that end Toshiba is equipping the 55X1 with a 3TB hard drive of which two terabytes will be dedicated to time shift functionality. That seems a lot, but the power of the CELL becomes apparent when Toshiba boasts the 55X1 will be able to simultaneously record up to 26 hours of programming for up to eight channels of digital terrestrial broadcasts! Couch potato heaven.

The 55X1 should also do justice to its fancy processor in terms of picture quality since it boasts LED backlighting, 240Hz scanning, a crazily high 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio and industry high brightness of 1250cd/m2 - 2.5x that of typical HDTVs. All this is packed into a 55in 1080p display measuring 133.3 x 96.3 x 40.2cm and weighing a hefty 44Kg for the monitor, 10.5Kg for the separate tuner. Power consumption also isn't small at 320W, though standby is just 0.1W.

If this blows your mind then so will the price with Toshiba launching the CELL REGZA 55X1 in Japan for one million yen (just under £7,000) this December. This is only the beginning however as Toshiba claims the CELL will happily power the '4K2K' (3840 x 2160 pixel) HDTVs of the future. Yep, your current TV just got served...

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