dual-core processors within Android smartphones, yet this bit of news makes them less appealing. What's better than 2 cores? Not 4, but 100! ZiiLabs has managed to incorporate 96 "StemCell Media Processing" cores to work alongside the four ARM Cortex A9 cores.
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ZiiLABS ZMS-20 chips debuted back in May of this year and are aimed at use in tablets running Android. Originally, they were specifically for Android 3.0 tablets, but a new video has surfaced on ARM Devices that shows a ZMS-20-based reference tablet running the coming Android 4.0 ICS operating system. If you have forgotten what the chip is, the ZMS-20 is a 1.5GHz ARM Cortex A9 MPcore processor that supports 1080p video playback, OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics, and more.
Toshiba Excite but these guys look to beat them all with this latest release. Measuring in at just 7.4mm thick for the thinnest model and 8.1mm for the larger quad-core version, yes I said quad-core -- Details below.
ZiiLabs, but it seems as though each time they show their head they seem to fade back into the background as swiftly as they re-appeared. This time they've got a hankering for Honeycomb and they've got what appears to be some lovely reference tablets for OEM and ODM to be using to bring their own Android tablets running Android 3.x with speed and grace. What these tablets are also made for is housing the brand new ZMS-40 and ZMS-20 processors. These are dual-core and a quad-core chipsets, both at 1.5 GHz.
Android tablet that fans could pick up for about $250. The tablet was a modest offering that didn't exactly burn up the market. ZiiLABS has now announced a new platform for Android tablets that is constructed around its new processor offerings with a dual core and quad-core part with lots of other features that will make them interesting to the tablet fans out there. The new processors are called the ZMS-20 and ZMS-40.
announced their Zii Summit 2009 for December. And they promised an Android with full 1080p video playback over HDMI and OpenGL ES 3D graphics. Now, who wouldn't love to have great 3D graphics and 1080p video output on their smatphones. ZiiLABS is now announcing Zii TRINITY, which is a 3.5G Smart Phone and Development Platform that, according to them, supports the Optimized Android as well as their own native Linux-based Plaszma Operating Systems. With a full featured platform featuring ZMS-05 StemCell Processor and Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Tri-band WCDMA, HSDPA Cat 8 at 7.2mbps. It looks like they are not playing around. The TRINITY has a 5MP auto-focus camera on the back, and a VGA forward facing camera for video conferencing. It also sports a 3.1-inch 800 x 480 OLED capacitive touchscreen and a microSD card slot. The company is mum about the price sticker. Full Press Release:
ZiiLABS Announces TRINITY - A Next Generation Smart/Media Phone Platform for Android™ and Plaszma™ Operating Systems Zii TRINITY Smart Phone Platforms Capable of Supporting 3.5G/4G Devices in Super High Definition Video and 3D Graphics Singapore - 1st December 2009 : ZiiLABS, a cutting-edge media processor and platforms company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd., today announced Zii TRINITY, a complete 3.5G/4G Smart Phone and development platform supporting the Optimized Android and native Linux®-based Plaszma operating systems. The Zii TRINITY delivers superior High Definition 1080p video output and accelerated 3D graphics to enable OEMs and ODMs to quickly and cost effectively bring differentiated Android and Plaszma based solutions to market. Superior multi-format media processing is enabled by ZiiLABS' StemCell Computing array which lies at the heart of ZiiLABS' ZMS-05 and ZMS-08 media-rich applications processors, offloading the ARM® CPU to deliver the low-power, high performance media-rich processing required of next-generation mobile devices. Accelerated OpenGL ES 3D graphics enable developers to create rich 3D experiences in the form of enhanced user interfaces, games and pedestrian navigation. "The growth in Smart Phone use to incorporate multimedia features is driving the demand for manufacturers and operators to deliver differentiated products and services faster than ever before," said Hock Leow, President of ZiiLABS. "The Zii TRINITY is a proven media-rich platform that offers our partners a complete market-ready solution with the built-in flexibility for customization. We are showcasing an exciting 3.5G concept phone at the Zii Summit 2009." Features of the Zii TRINITY 3.5G Concept Phone * Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Tri-band WCDMA, HSDPA Cat 8 at 7.2mbps * Full featured platform featuring ZMS-05 StemCell Processor * Linux-based Zii Optimized Android and Plaszma Support * Accelerated OpenGL ES 3D Graphics, Video and Imaging * 3.1" 480x800 16M colour Active Matrix OLED with capacitive multi-touch * Mini HDMI port for 1080p video output * Xtreme Fidelity#8482 X-Fi audio technology * 5M pixel rear facing, auto-focus camera * VGA forward facing camera for video conferencing * USB 2.0 Micro port for connectivity and charging * MicroSD storage expansion and SIM card slots * 256MB low-power DDR memory * Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR and Hardware GPS * Composite Video output * 1130mAH lithium polymer battery The Zii TRINITY Platform can be supplied to potential cellphone manufacturers as a complete design package including schematics, Gerbers, mechanical drawings, Board Support Package, middleware and OS. A Zii Development Kit '3G Phone Edition' provides a modular development platform that enables developers the flexibility to innovate around the Zii TRINITY platform to create product solutions based on their own preference of hardware components. The Zii Development Kit supports both the ZMS-05 and the recently announced ZMS-08 processors. Future versions of the Zii Development Kit Phone Edition will be made available for 4G networks such as WiMAX or LTE. About Zii Optimized Android and Plaszma Zii Optimized Android delivers the familiar Android OS but enhanced to provide a richer Android experience that leverages the capabilities of the ZMS-05's StemCell Computing architecture; including seamless 3D OpenGL ES acceleration and High Definition video. The Plaszma OS enables native Linux based development via a rich set of highly optimized industry standard APIs that leverage a wide range of multimedia CODECs, Web 2.0 browser, 2D and 3D graphics, audio processing and a powerful gesture based user interface. About the ZMS-05 The flexible ZMS-05 media-rich application processor utilizes the StemCell Computing array of 24 fully programmable floating point processing elements to off-load the media processing from the integrated ARM CPU to deliver superior media capabilities of delivering highperformance HD video, 2D and 3D graphics and multimedia capabilities within a low-power environment. A broad range of peripheral functions and I/Os are integrated on-chip to ease system design and reduce product costs. About ZiiLABS ZiiLABS is a worldwide leader in low-power, media-rich application processors, hardware platforms and advanced middleware that enable OEMs, ODMs, System Integrators and Software Developers to deliver best-in-class products across a broad range of consumer electronics and embedded markets. Originally founded in 1994 as 3DLABS, the company re-branded and joined with the Personal Digital Entertainment group of Creative Technology to form ZiiLABS in January 2009. ZiiLABS now has over 800 R&D engineers working on ZiiLABS related projects and has invested US$1 billion and 10,000 man years in media processing solutions. The company has offices in the UK, China, USA and Singapore.
like Dell, to try to get more mobile devices out to the public. Now is the turn of ZiiLABS to enter the Android zone. For some reason, China is becoming the promise land to many companies, as we know Dell will be releasing the Mini 3i Android smartphone on that country first. Also in that country, on December 1st, a Zii Optimized Android Phone platform will be showcased, at the Zii Summit 2009. The company called Zii Labs is owned by Creative, and will be showcasing green solutions for developers on next month's Zii Summit. But lets not get crazy going through all the products and services, instead, check below for the main dish - at least for us on this Android site - which promises to be a real media powerhouse. Now don't get me wrong, I like a greener planet too, so if you want to learn more about this summit, check here for more info.
Zii Powered Devices A range of OEM-ready Zii Powered devices will be showcased - powered by ZiiLABS ZMS-05 and ZMS-08 media-rich application processors. The line-up of devices on display include: 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. But the highlight of our devices line-up is our Mobile Phone platform. ZiiLABS ushers in a new era of explosive high definition 3D with the Zii Optimized Android Phone platform. The Zii Optimized Android Phone platform gives developers the chance to use the familiar Android OS, but with a difference. Harnessing StemCell Computing Technology found on the ZMS-05 Media Rich Processor, Android is now super-charged with seamless 3D graphics and High Definition video playback performance. * Phone with Fully featured Android Platform * OpenGL ES 3D graphics * 1080p HD video output * Accelerated video, graphic and imaging * Full integration with SurfaceFlinger * High Quality Audio * Enhanced User Interfaces * Image Processing * Accelerated Web Browsing
a year and a half since we saw any Android hardware from Creative Labs, but that may change very soon. Engadget spotted a previously unknown tablet, the HanZpad (yeah, we don't know either) going through the motions at the FCC. It's a pretty standard WiFi tablet, but there's some surprisingly high-end specs on display, including a quad-core ARM processor and a thickness of just 7.95mm.
landing at the FCC. If that tablet caught your eye and you have been, waiting to see it hit store shelves so you could pick one up that wait is over. The ZiiO tablet is now available to purchase.
Ziio tablets in London. The new tablets are offered in 7-inch and 10-inch screen sizes and have some nice features.