Toshiba today announced its first laptop PC to feature Cell processor technology. This computing advancement, called the TOSHIBA Quad Core HD Processor, is available on Toshiba's Qosmio G55-Q802 laptop PC and delivers a revolutionary high-definition, multimedia user experience. Here is more info on the notebook:
The TOSHIBA Quad Core HD Processor was designed to better serve the creative process by alleviating the intense burden that's placed on the CPU while handling a wide range of multimedia tasks, such as video transcoding. The complex task of transcoding and encoding a personal video project monopolizes a majority of the processing power of today's advanced computer systems. Through the addition of the TOSHIBA Quad Core HD Processor, along with the combined strength of Intel's latest Core 2 Duo processor technology and the NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT graphics card, tasks that once took hours to complete now are accomplished in a fraction of the time with Toshiba?s Qosmio G55-Q802 laptop PC.
This revolutionary Cell processor technology was co-developed by Toshiba, Sony and IBM, and is best known for its use within the popular Sony PlayStation 3 and various supercomputers. Branded the TOSHIBA Quad Core HD Processor, it currently consists of four cutting-edge, distinctive proprietary features:
? Upconvert/Upconversion - Through ?Upconvert/Upconversion,? standard-definition video files, such as home videos and DVDs, are upscaled in real time to 720p high-definition. Combined with the use of the Qosmio?s HDMI-CEC port, users can output today?s standard DVDs in stunning clarity up to 1080i on an HDTV.
? Transcoding - The included Ulead? DVD MovieFactory 5 for TOSHIBA has been optimized to take advantage of the Toshiba Quad Core HD Processor to dramatically reduce the time needed in high-definition video editing. Transcoding video between high-definition formats or converting high-definition video into standard definition for burning to DVD can be completed up to 10 times(3) faster on the Qosmio G55-Q802 laptop PC.
? Video Indexing - ?Video Indexing? provides the power to catalog video clips based on an individual?s face in a scene. This unique technology enables quick and easy scene access by eliminating the need to manually search through hours of video content.
? Gesture Control - Using a remote to control DVDs, CDs and PowerPoint is a thing of the past. Through the use of ?Gesture Control? and the Qosmio?s Webcam, physical motions, such as extending an arm and simple hand gestures, users can control the play, pause, rewind and fast-forward functions of their movies, music and slides.
The Qosmio G55 series laptop is also available without the TOSHIBA Quad Core HD Processor, but the series was collectively designed to enhance the digital lifestyle by providing cutting-edge innovations that are built upon the backbone of sharp picture quality and pristine sound reproduction. In addition to the technological advancement of the TOSHIBA Quad Core HD Processor, the Qosmio is built around an expansive 18.4-inch diagonal widescreen TruBrite high-definition display that sports a true 16:9 aspect ratio. Users can take advantage of more of the display and enjoy their widescreen movies with less of the black bar letterboxing, which frames a picture on other displays. To further enhance the visual experience, the Qosmio G55 laptop PC sports two premium Harman Kardon stereo speakers, a sub-woofer and Dolby Home Theater technology, which allows users to experience their content in surround sound. The Qosmio can be seamlessly integrated into a user?s home theater system for a complete surround sound experience thanks to its REGZA LINK HDMI technology while empowering users with simultaneous instant device configuration and the ability to control REGZA LINK enabled devices, such as Toshiba?s REGZA HDTVs and a Qosmio laptop, with a single remote.
The Qosmio G55 laptop PC has several design features that magnify its cutting edge nature, such as its striking Fusion finish with Vibe design, white-LED FeatherTouch multimedia buttons and a flush-mounted Touchpad. These external features do much to enhance the overall quality and premium feel of the new Qosmio, which has a starting price of $1,299.99.
For the first time, Toshiba will offer users the option of configuring their laptop to run either a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows Vista, depending on a user?s preference and intended computer use.
The Qosmio G55 series is available in the following configurations:
Qosmio G55-Q802 Unique Specifications (MSRP $1,549.99) -- OS selection at first boot:
- Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium (SP1, 64-bit5 version)(default) - Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium (SP1, 32-bit version) -- Intel(R) Core 2 Duo Processor T7350 - 2.0 GHz, 3MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB -- TOSHIBA Quad Core HD Processor -- 4096MB PC2-6400 DDR2 800MHz SDRAM memory -- 500GB using two 5400 RPM Serial ATA hard disk drives -- DVD SuperMulti (+/- double layer) drive with Labelflash supporting 11 formats -- NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT with 512MB GDDR2 discrete graphics memory, -- Atheros 802.11 b/g/n wireless-LAN
Qosmio G55-Q801 Unique Specifications (MSRP $1,299.99) -- OS selection at first boot:
- Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium (SP1, 64-bit version)(default) - Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium (SP1, 32-bit version) -- Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7350 - 2.0 GHz, 3MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB -- 4096MB PC2-6400 DDR2 800MHz SDRAM memory -- 320GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA hard disk drive -- DVD SuperMulti (+/- double layer) drive with Labelflash supporting 11 formats -- NVIDIA(R) GeForce 9200M GS with 256MB GDDR2 discrete graphics memory -- Atheros 802.11 b/g/n wireless-LAN
So, only the Q802 has 18.4 inch screen? What is Q802's weight? Is Q801 17 inch or 15 inch? Also, if you could help me, what are the advantages and disadvantages of having 32 bits versus 64 bits? Will 64bits still run software that is run on 32bits? Thank you.
A 64 bit OS and applications can only run on 64 bit CPUs (current Intel CPUs are 64 bit and can run in 32 bit mode as well). 64 bit is faster (the CPU processes many more instructions in a given period of time) but there are fewer 64 bit apps available. Most are still 32 bit.
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview
So here are the detailed specs for the Q802 that has 18.4" widescreen and weighs 10.8 pounds:
G55-Q802 : Detailed Product Specs
Operating System Genuine Windows Vista? Home Premium (SP1, 32-bit), Genuine Windows Vista? Home Premium (SP1, 64-bit)
Processor Intel? Core?2 Duo Processor P7350, Tohiba Quad Core HD Processor Processor Type Core?2 Duo, Tohiba Quad Core HD Processor Processor Number P7350 Processor Speed 2.0GHz Front Side Bus 1066MHz Memory Size 4096MB Memory Speed PC2-6400 DDR2 800MHz SDRAM
Display Size 18.4" widescreen
Display Type TruBrite? TFT active-matrix LCD
Display Resolution 1680x945 (HD+)
Graphics Engine NVIDIA? GeForce? 9600M GT
Graphics Memory 2303MB total (64-bit): 512MB GDDR3 discrete memory + up to 1791MB shared memory w/NVIDIA? TurboCache? technology
Hard Drive Size 250GB Hard Drive Speed 5400rpm Secondary Hard Drive Size 250GB 2nd HDD Secondary Hard Drive Speed 5400rpm
Optical Drives DVD-SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) with Labelflash? drive supporting up to 11 formats
Wireless LAN Atheros? Wireless-LAN (802.11b/g/n)
Bluetooth Bluetooth? V2.1 + EDR
Webcam Webcam and microphone built into LCD bezel
Input Devices TouchPad pointing device, CD/DVD Buttons (Play/Pause, Stop, Prev Track, Next Track), Dolby settings, Camera control buttons, Panel Lights, Media button, Mute button, 104 key US keyboard with 10 Key Pad
Security HDD Recover
LAN 10/100/1000 Ethernet LAN
Audio Built-in microphone, S/P DIF output port (shared with headphone port), Headphone jack (stereo), harman/kardon? stereo speakers with subwoofer
AC Adapter 120W (19V 6.3A) Auto-sensing, 100-240V / 50-60Hz input
Battery Type Li-Ion (7050mAh)
PC Express Slot 1-ExpressCard? Slot
Media Port 5-in-1 Bridge Media Adapter, S/P DIF output port (shared with headphone port)
USB Ports 4-USB (2.0) with Sleep and Charge
iLINK i.LINK? IEEE-1394
Regza Link Regza Link (HDMI-CEC)
Software TOSHIBA ConfigFree?, Microsoft? Works Version 9.0, memeo AutoBackup, Hard disc (HDD) recovery, PowerCinema for TOSHIBA, TOSHIBA Face Recognition, Norton 360? All-In-One Security (60-day Trial), TOSHIBA Games Console, designed by WildTangent?, TOSHIBA DVD Player, TOSHIBA Disc Creator, TOSHIBA Speech System, Ulead? DVD MovieFactory? 5 for Toshiba, Microsoft? Office Trial Home and Student 2007 Edition (60-day trial)
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