Toshiba Corp. demonstrated a reference design for the next-generation microprocessor "Cell" at CEATEC JAPAN 2005, held from October 4, 2005. The booth was crowded with many people wanting to see the demonstration. At the exhibition site, the company showed 48 pieces of moving-images encoded using MPEG-2 MP@ML and demonstrated the decoding processing as well as a development environment using Eclipse. The Toshiba booth also drew people's attention with a demo showing a face image shot by a camera which is recognized in real time and makeup-like patterns are overlaid over the face image. In addition, the chassis, which had not been disclosed when the reference design had been announced in September 2005, was exhibited this time. The interfaces, including USB, IEEE1394, and HDMI, are located on the front surface of the chassis.
Tomonori Shindou, Nikkei Electronics