Out of sight, out of mind. We haven’t been thinking too much about Singapore-based tech company Creative Technology these days, but then we bet you folks haven’t been doing the same either. Their products are still on shelves, but they’ve become increasingly hard to spot over the years, and it’s not like the company’s in the news very much nowadays…
Hold on, though – we spoke too soon. Creative Tech’s subsidiary ZiiLabs has just announced a couple of multi-core chips – new additions to their chip family – that can power “the next generation of devices, including Android 3.0 based tablets.”
The ZMS-20 combines ZiiLabs’ StemCell media processing array with dual 1.5 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processors (a heavenly mouthful, especially considering that this one’s clocked at 1.5GHz and can offer 1080p video playback).
But it’s the other chip that’s got us gaping. The ZMS-40 is a quad-core chip that can be scaled up to 6 GHz and – are you sitting down? – can handle up to one hundred cores. Creative Technology’s Chairman and CEO Sim Wong Hoo is quite proud of his baby, saying that with it, Creative “will be able to bring the performances of tablets or other handheld devices to rival notebooks and even desktop PCs.”
The ZMS-20 is sampling as we write this, and will begin shipping in July of 2011, whereas the ZMS-40 is apparently still in development, as detailed specs are still to be announced. We’ll keep you posted.
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