CEATEC Japan 2009: Toshiba's Cell Regza in pictures and video

More on the Toshiba Cell Regza technology, which we covered in news yesterday; it's the sole focus of the huge Toshiba stand here at CEATEC Japan 2009, which opened this morning.

We took a closer look at what the technology can do, saw the impressive stage presentation, and caught up with Toshiba TV technology executive Shigenori Tokumitsu, who gave us some news about plans to extend the launch beyond Japan.

Cell Regza combines Toshiba's TV technology with the power of Cell processing and a 3TB hard-disk, stored in an anonymous-looking black box. You can see a close-up of the processor itself above.

Among the facilities it offers is a simple user interface, easy recording of a mass of TV content and both internet access and streaming video.

Oh, and you also get greatly enhanced picture quality, thanks to the huge processing power being deployed.

Next step? 3D, of course – it's a major theme of the show this year, with rival systems, different screen sizes and the various manufacturers setting out their stalls to ensure that their variation on the theme is the one consumers want to buy.

More on all that in further reports from CEATEC coming up soon, but for now click on the picture below to watch our video for a taste of how Toshiba is launching Cell Regza in Japan, and when it plans to unleash it on the rest of the world...

Andrew has written about audio and video products for the past 20+ years, and been a consumer journalist for more than 30 years, starting his career on camera magazines. Andrew has contributed to titles including What Hi-Fi?, GramophoneJazzwise and Hi-Fi CriticHi-Fi News & Record Review and Hi-Fi Choice. I’ve also written for a number of non-specialist and overseas magazines.