ZiiLabs is a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Technology that has been trying to push their ZiiEGG device to OEMs. The first device had some impressive specs, but it never really caught on. Creative was hoping some company would pick up the device and bring it to retail which never happened.
All is not lost because ZiiLabs has been hard at work and updated their StemCell processor. The new ZMS-08 is an ARM Cortex A8 processor clocked at 1 GHz. That is the same architecture found in the Droid (OMAP3430) and upcoming Snapdragon based devices.
Highlights of the ZMS-08 processor include:
- Blu-ray Quality 1080p H.264 Video Decode
- 1080p H.264 Video Encode
- 720p H.264 Video Conferencing
- Accelerated OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0
- Xtreme Fidelity X-Fi Audio Technology
- Multi Format Media CODECs
- ARM Cortex-A8 at 1GHz
- Accelerated Graphics and Compositing
- Advanced Image Signal Processing
- Rich Peripheral Integration & Connectivity
The only thing missing from the ZiiLabs devices have been a cellular chipset, but that is about to change. ZiiLabs recently announced the Zii Summit 2009 which is set to take place in China on December 1, 2009. They will showcase a diverse line-up of devices which includes a mobile phone platform, a touch tablet PC, a netbook, a web-box, a 360o multi-view camera system, ultra high-performance speakers, a piano keyboard for the PC, and a portable e-Book reader.
We know a “phone with Fully featured Android Platform” will be on display, but there is no word on which other devices might be Android-powered. ZiiLabs has been promoting their own Plaszma OS, but also released Android 1.6 for their first device the ZiiEgg.
My fingers are crossed hoping the ZiiLabs Android phone includes the ZMS-08 processor. If I was a carrier with my own team of developers, I would seriously consider picking up the device and branding it as my own…