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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Creative ZiiLABS Announces ZMS-20 & ZMS-40 Processors For Android 3.0 Honeycomb Tablets

ZMS-20 and ZMS-40
Creative just upgraded their current ZMS-08 to ZMS-20 & ZMS-40 optimized for Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets.The ZMS-20 works like a Dual-Core 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Processors which has the performance of a laptop. The Quad-Core ZMS-40 has an even higher Cortex-A9 Clock Speed of up to 6GHz and has the performance of a desktop! Imagine your tablet having the performance of a laptop or desktop? You can do a lot more things on it as it has more processing power and its not like an ordinary mobile device.

The ZiiO 7 and 10 is currently using ZMS-08 processor. Well, Apple has launched iPad 2 and there's not much new features in it except that its slimmer. Soon we shall see Creative launching ZiiO 2 - a Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet with ZMS-20 or ZMS-40 processor! This I can guarantee :)

Singapore – 10th May 2011 – ZiiLABS, a pioneering media processor and platforms company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd, today introduced its most powerful Zii family of energy-efficient media processors, the ZMS-20 and the ZMS-40.

Targeting the up and coming explosive tablet computing markets, the ZMS-20 (with Dual-Core 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Processors) and ZMS-40 (with Quad-Core 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Processors), besides having more than generous ARM processing power, are turbo-charged by an array of up to 96 Stemcell media processing cores to give an incredible performance of up to 100 processor cores, previously unheard of in the handheld mobile device markets!

Engineered for the high-resolution tablet computing markets, the ZMS-20 combines ZIiLABS’ 48 Stemcell media processing cores with dual 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processors with Neon to deliver stunning 1080p high profile video playback, immersive OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics, HD video calling and a rich desktop browsing experience including Adobe Flash Player.

With multi-core application acceleration and dynamic power management for longer battery life, the ZMS-20 delivers the efficient and high-performance platform required for the next generation of Android 3.0 based devices and beyond.

"Designed to increase application performance by 4X over the ZMS-08 processor, the ZMS-20 was specifically engineered to meet the performance and power efficiency requirements of high-resolution Android tablets more effectively than any other processor on the market," said Hock Leow, President of ZiiLABS. "The ZMS-08 established our leadership position for High Profile H.264 playback and the ZMS-20 takes that to the next level by adding dual ARM Cortex-A9 cores plus a host of new features such as DDR3 and LPDDR2 support, HDMI 1.4 and OpenCL."

"We are targeting this amazing family of ZMS-20 and the ZMS-40 Zii Stemcell media processors dead-on the explosive tablet computing market. The competitively priced ZMS-20, and the ZMS-40 with its quad Cortex-A9 cores will herald a new generation of low-cost, low-power yet high-performance tablets, mobile thin clients for cloud computing and other embedded appliances for the post-PC era," said Sim Wong Hoo, Chairman and CEO of Creative Technology Ltd.

"The design and development of ZMS-40 is done, we will unleash it to ride on the up and coming new wave of tablet computing revolution. The scalable ZMS-40 will lead the way to show the world that tablet computing can be truly effective and without any compromise. With the ZMS-40, we will be able to bring the performances of tablets or other handheld devices to rival notebooks and even desktop PCs." Sim added.

"As consumer demand for smarter connected devices increases, so does the industry’s requirement for low-power, high performance semiconductor solutions," commented Eric Schorn, Vice President Marketing, Processor Division, ARM. "The combination of Cortex-A9 processors incorporating ARM NEON and TrustZone technologies provides the multicore technology to drive the latest Android tablets and ensure a high-quality user experience."

Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablets and associated design-kits based on the ZMS-20 will be showcased at the ZiiLABS suite (Grand Hyatt Hotel Taipei, Grand Room, #1137) in Taipei, Taiwan between 31 May and 4 June at the Computex 2011 tradeshow.
ZMS-20 Key Features

* Dual 1.5GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores with Neon
* ZiiLABS flexible Stemcell media processing capabilities
o Low-energy SIMD architecture for high performance media acceleration
o 48 x 32-bit floating point media processing cores for 26GFlops of compute
o High Profile H.264 video playback at 1080p@30fps
o Wide range of accelerated video codecs including H.264, VC1 and VP8
o High Definition, low latency video conferencing
o Optimised OpenGL ES 2.0 for robust 3D graphics acceleration and application compatibility
o Accelerated OpenCL 1.1 (desktop profile) integrated into Android NDK
o High Dynamic Range (HDR) Image Processing
o High-quality Text-to-Speech and Voice Recognition
o 150 MPixel/sec image processing
o Adobe Flash 10 acceleration
* Integrated HDM1 1.4 with 3D stereo support
* 1GB addressable memory
o DDR2/3 at 533 MHz for low-cost
o LPDDR2 for maximum memory bandwidth and low-power
o 64-bit wide memory bus
* Quad independent video controllers supporting 24-bit displays and cameras
* 3V3 and 1V8 I/O’s reduce peripheral power consumption
* Dual USB 2.0 HS OTG (Host/Peripheral) controllers with PHY for low system cost
* Three independent SDIO/MMC controllers
* Extended battery life with robust Dynamic Power Management and Instantaneous On
* Xtreme Fidelity X-Fi audio effects
* Enhanced Security: 256-bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) and TrustZone


The ZMS-20 is sampling now to select customers and is scheduled for volume shipment to customers in the 3rd quarter of 2011. Detailed specifications of the ZMS-40 will be announced later. Visit ZiiLABS suite (Grand Hyatt Hotel Taipei, Grand Room, #1137) at the Computex 2011 tradeshow to find out more.
Complete Tablet Solutions

ZiiLABS’ high-quality OEM-ready reference platforms combine all the hardware, software and integration required to enable ODMs to rapidly deliver customized solutions to meet the growing demand for next-generation Android based tablets.

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