Cell s Toshiba Cell Chipset Board

Toshiba took major steps toward creating a comprehensive
development environment for applications based on the Cell microprocessor with
the announcement of a Cell Chip Set consisting of the new microprocessor and key
peripheral chips, and a Cell Reference Set development platform. The chip set
and the reference set will support development of digital consumer products and
communication equipment that draw on the powerful broadband capabilities of the
Cell microprocessor.
The Cell Chip Set is composed of the Cell processor, a Super Companion Chip—the
interface between Cell and external audio/visual input/output equipment—and a
power supply system chip optimized to drive the Cell microprocessor.
Toshiba expects to start marketing the chips set and reference set in April 2006
or later, once it has assured supply of the component chips and all related
documentation.

Cell Toshiba Cell Chipset Board

Toshiba Corporation today took major steps toward creating a comprehensive
development environment for applications based on the Cell microprocessor with
the announcement of a Cell Chip Set consisting of the new microprocessor and key
peripheral chips, and a Cell Reference Set development platform. The chip set
and the reference set will support development of digital consumer products and
communication equipment that draw on the powerful broadband capabilities of the
Cell microprocessor.

"Software developers and other customers will be eager to make full use of
Cell’s unsurpassed multitasking and real-time processing functions," said
Tomotaka Saito, General Manager of Broadband System LSI Division, Toshiba
Corporation Semiconductor Company. "The Cell Chip Set and Reference Set will
support them in developing products and applications that reach new levels of
performance and excitement."

The Cell Chip Set is composed of the Cell processor, a Super Companion Chip—the
interface between Cell and external audio/visual input/output equipment—and a
power supply system chip optimized to drive the Cell microprocessor.

The Cell Reference Set development platform consists of a Cell microprocessor,
peripheral chips mounted on a printed circuit board with a general-use
interface, peripheral equipment, such as DVD and HDD drives, and cooling
equipment required for stable operation, all housed in case. The available
software includes operating systems and middleware and software development
tools. This combination of hardware and software reduces development costs, cuts
turnaround time and simplifies testing.

Toshiba expects to start marketing the chips set and reference set in April 2006
or later, once it has assured supply of the component chips and all related
documentation.

Toshiba Corporation will showcase the Cell Chip Set and Cell Reference Set, and
demonstrate digital media applications on the Cell Reference Set at the Toshiba
booth of CEATEC JAPAN 2005, from October 4 to October 8 at Makuhari Messe.

Outlines of Cell Chip Set and Cell Reference Set:

Cell Chip Set:

Cell microprocessor: Next generation microprocessor jointly developed by IBM,
Sony Group and Toshiba. Adopts a multi-core architecture and offers super
high-speed data transfer capability. The processor is expected to find
application in equipment handling data-rich media applications.

Super Companion Chip: Cell’s peripheral LSI, which houses audio and image
interfaces supporting Cell’s super high-speed data transfer capability. The chip
also supports a group of interfaces for various systems (video, audio
input/output, digital AV interface, IEEE1394, digital tuner interface) and a
group of interfaces that make it easier to connect standard input/output devices
(standard bus interface, high speed network interface and storage device
interface.)

Highly efficient power supply system: The supply system is optimized to drive
the Cell processor. Includes controller LSI, TB6814FLG, which makes it possible
to offer high-speed response and high-accuracy required by Cell. Includes
multi-chip module, TB7003FL, which embeds power device in a small 8mm x 8mm
package. Realizes small, high-power and high-efficient power supply system which
has 4 phases of 1MHz high-speed switches.

Cell Reference Set:

Development platform for Cell-based, next generation digital consumer products,

High-speed multi-bit wiring technology and wide variety of interfaces that
supports broadband system architecture
Linux and ITRON are both provided on the hypervisor OS that manages hardware
resources. This approach facilitates the reuse of application property.
A comprehensive development environment including the Eclipse framework based
editor, compiler, debugger, and performance monitor.
An audio-visual application model includes simultaneous multiple digital and
analog broadcast television reception, recording and playback.