ZiiLabs has a track record of announcing impressive sounding processors, but they have failed for the most part at getting their chips into consumer devices. Today ZiiLabs continued that trend when they announced the “100-core” ZMS-40 system-on-a-chip (SoC), the follow-up to their “50-core” ZMS-20 that was revealed back in October.
The new ZMS-40 features four 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU cores along with 96 StemCell media processing cores for a total of 100 cores. The StemCell cores act more like GPU cores in other SoCs and can be used for video processing, image processing, audio processing, 3D graphics, 2D graphics, and other media tasks.
Compared to the older ZMS-20, the new ZMS-40 offers a 2X increase in performance and a 50% reduction in power consumption. ZiiLabs says the ZMS-40 is “the most powerful SoC available for tablets today” and is capable of powering displays up to 2560×1600 WQXGA resolution.
Other benefits of the ZMS-40 include live ultra high resolution 40 megapixel panoramic photo capture in one sweep, advanced video playback including 1080p WebM (VP8) support, Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi’s Crystalizer and CMSS-3D audio effects.
Even though ZiiLabs hasn’t had much retail success yet, this time around could be different. Sim Wong Hoo, Chairman and CEO of Creative Technology Ltd., said, “We are now forging ahead to form a Chinese Tablet Alliance with several major Chinese partners both in the horizontal and vertical market segments to further develop, build and market this timely tablet. Details of this Chinese tablet and the alliance will be unveiled soon.”
ZiiLabs will be showcasing design-kits based on the ZMS-40 running Android 4.0 at CES, so we will do our best to capture some hands-on time with the devices. Check out the ZiiLabs Jaguar 3 development platform running Android 4.0 in the video below for an idea of what to expect.
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