Jan 06 AT 12:18 AM Taylor Wimberly 18 Comments

ZiiLabs introduces “100-core” ZMS-40 SoC, still no actual products in sight


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.

Which Android OEM would you like to see give ZiiLabs a chance?

Source: ZiiLabs

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  • Bryan Stoner

    )*(@&$! I’ve been living under a rock.

  • YMS123

    Coming soon to a tablet near you.

  • myandroid99

    never heard of ziilabs

  • boro09

    This is AWESOME! Can’t wait to get my hands on one!

  • stenzor

    Hey Vegeta, what does the scouter say about this chip’s power level?…

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    • scores87

      it’s over 9000!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.typhonrt.org/ Mike Leahy

    Seems neat… Also interesting to see Creative in the SoC game as Zii Labs is a wholly owned subsidiary. Haven’t heard too much from Creative in the Android game so far. I’m curious on the OpenCL / audio processing aspects. Though I still think it’ll be more convenient to work off an x86 based platform for audio processing in general. On another note recently I read Atmel is soon to support OpenCL on FPGAs. I’m still more interested in an x86 solution + something like the “stemcell array” or general multi-core x86 Soc + FPGAs running by OpenCL.

    However it will be interesting to see how the Zii Labs exposes the “stemcell array” and how difficult it will be to target vs supporting other SoCs. The demo video just doesn’t do things justice to what it seems this SoC is possible of kicking out. Hmm..

  • jamal adam

    Talk about a MONSTER processor. WOW!!

  • AsakuraZero

    the title is misleading in a way but interesting technology is interesting.

    the more SoC chips on the market the better , the it forces innovation and this chips its innovating. 2012 has started well for android lets see how it goes~

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  • jk0l

    This better be at upcoming CES to join other new processors.
    2012 only has started yet already sounded exciting.

  • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

    Haha…love Taylor geeking out on processors.

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  • Nathan D.

    I would love to see this in a tablet in the USA

  • Andy_jr

    Thanks for the processor news! Keep it coming, Taylor!

  • Billy

    100 cores of delicious fun. It just keeps growing … or shrinking … or both … eh .. it’s awesome.

  • Leo Young

    live ultra high resolution 40 megapixel panoramic photo capture in one sweep
    Wow. That captured my interest. This would provide the ability to produce immersive quality photos of places. I would love to see photos of places I will never get to go to at such high quality.