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ZiiLABS demos 50-core Jaguar3 Android tablet

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Dual-core, quad-core or cinco-core? This week ZiiLabs decided to take advantage of the multi-core frenzy by demoing their new JAGUAR3 reference Android tablet, which sports a “50-core” processor.

“The explosive tablet market is pure ruthless in every sense. Even a slight delay in a fast track 6-month design cycle can be lethal. This is a whole new ballgame where only the fastest can survive,” said Sim Wong Hoo, Chairman and CEO of Creative Technology Ltd. “JAGUAR3 allows OEMs to enter this huge explosive market instantly and economically while reducing the risk significantly. It breaks new ground as the most powerful, the lightest, the slimmest, the most complete and lowest cost Android 3.2 tablet reference design on the market, enabling OEMs to easily ride the wave of the next generation of Android computing.”

Inside the JAGUAR3 you will find the ZMS-20 system-on-a-chip (SoC), which features two 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 cores along with an additional 48 StemCell processing cores, effectively making it a 50-core processor. We don’t have a lot of technical details on these 48 StemCell cores, but ZiiLabs compares them to GPU cores and says they easily make ZMS-20 ”the most powerful SoC available for tablets today.”

If you think a 50-core chip sounds insane, ZiiLabs will also introduce the 100-core ZMS-40 to OEMs in the next quarter. The ZMS-40 SoC sports a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 and 96 StemCell Processors. This 100-core “4th-generation” chip is compatible with the Jaguar3, so OEMs will be able to easily upgrade the part as it becomes available.

We first saw the Jaguar3 tablet introduced about a month ago, but now ZiiLabs has an actual working unit and has uploaded a quick hands-on video to show off the device. We can see from the clip that the device appears to be running Android 3.2 and the performance looks quite snappy.

The ZiiLabs brand is still not very well known by Android fans, but the company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd. and has over 25 years experience with 3D graphics, GPU and SoC designs under its previous name 3DLABS. We have seen ZiiLabs introduce several other reference designs since 2009, but none of them have made their way to the US that I know of.

Hopefully the Jaguar3 will be a different story. ZiiLabs says that OEMs can manufacture tablets “for as low as $100,” and they think Jaguar3 would be a great fit for the educational markets.

Check out the teaser video and let us know what you think. Would you like to see an OEM bring the Jaguar3 platform to the US?

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Highlights of the Jaguar3 reference tablet include:

  • Powered by ZMS-20 or ZMS-40 StemCell processor
  • 10.1-inch and 1280×800 16.7 million colors
  • High density 176dpi screen with 176 degree angle of view
  • Capacitive touch screen
  • Ultra light and thin magnesium casing
  • 1GB LP-DDR2 or DDR3 memory options
  • HD front facing camera
  • 12MP image capture from rear facing camera
  • Dual channel WiFi b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • GPS, accelerometer, compass and gyroscope
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual microphone array for beam-formed noise reduction
  • Micro HDMI 1.4 output supporting 1080p60 and 3D stereo
  • High Dynamic Range image capture
  • Internal NAND (16, 32 and 64GB)
  • Micro USB 2.0 port
  • MicroSD card slot
  • Instantaneous On and extended Sleep function