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100-core processor for Android-tablet

A subsidiary of Creative Technology introduced a 100-core processor that allows you to create 3D-image in Full HD-format on mobile gadgets.The chip is optimized for the platform, Android 4.0.

ZiiLABS, a subsidiary of Creative Technology, presented a 100-core multimedia processor ZMS-40 StemCell Media, optimized for devices on the platform Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The chip has 96 cores StemCell, designed to handle multimedia content, and 4 cores ARM Cortex-A9, running at 1.5GHz, intended to run applications, explained in a statement. Thus, the reference to 100 cores in a press release as a marketing twist.

ZMS-40 – this is the fourth in a line of ZMS processors. Compared to the previous chip ZMS-20, announced in May last year, it contains twice as many multimedia kernels StemCell, which provides double the performance or comparable performance at lower power consumption by half (assuming that the kernel will run on low-frequency).

According to the official website, ZMS-40 is capable of decoding video at a resolution 3840×1080 pixels. This resolution, corresponding to twice the resolution format Full HD, allows you to create 3D-image to 1920×1080 pixels using an active stereo system.

Having the processing power of 58 Gflops, ZMS-40 supports up to 1GB of RAM, a built-in algorithms to perform 256-bit AES-encryption, voice recognition and the formation of a computer language, as well as for processing HDR-images taken by a camera. Finally, the chip supports a variety of modern and advanced codecs, including HEVC/H.265, which is planned to replace MPEG-4/H.264. The new codec allows to halve the amount of video without compromising the quality compared to MPEG-4/H.264.

According to the ZiiLABS (the company was founded in 1994 and was acquired by Creative Technology in 2009), ZMS processors series are not just for mobile gadgets, such as tablets with a new generation of Full HD-displays, but also for the “smart” TVs. The chips have ample opportunity output images on the big screen. They support HDMI 1.4 and format WQXGA (2560 x 1600 pixels), used in modern monitors.

Currently ZiiLABS already supplying test samples ZMS-40 to its partners. The first devices based on it will be presented at CES, which begins tomorrow, January 10, in Las Vegas. When such a device can be seen in the sale, the official report does not say ZiiLABS.

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