Cell-based laptops coming

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Not HPC, but interesting, so I’ll keep it short. From ElectronicsWeekly.com

The Cell microprocessor is going into laptops. Toshiba will use it in versions of its Qosmio laptops which start selling next month in Japan.

…While the Qosmio laptops will still use an Intel Core 2 Duo to run the OS, Cell will do intensive processing tasks such as upscaling standard-definition video to high definition, transcoding, in real-time, digital TV to MPEG4, and burning video to DVD.

This is interesting because the technology they’ll need to determine which tasks go where is a step toward developing support for heterogeneous manycore processors?