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ZiiLABS Unveils the JAGUAR3 Android Tablet Reference Designs
By Joy Hou - on 13 Sep 2011, 6:02pm

ZiiLABS Unveils the JAGUAR3 Android Tablet Reference Designs

Ultra-slim and Ultra-lightweight Android 3.2 10-inch Reference Tablets Powered by ZiiLABS StemCell ZMS Processors and Designed by Creative

SINGAPORE - ZiiLABS today introduced its JAGUAR3, the most powerful 3rd Generation Android 3.2 tablet series.

JAGUAR3 is a series of ultra-slim, ultra-lightweight and stylish 10.1” tablet reference designs targeted at the OEM markets. With over a decade of designing experience in portable mobile devices, Creative provided the ergonomic and sexy design of this series of JAGUAR3 tablets.

JAGUAR3’s superior performance, low power consumption and rich feature set comes from the dual-core 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 based ZMS-20 StemCell Processors. ZMS-20 has another 48 StemCell Processing cores within, which effectively make it into a 50-core processor. These advanced GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) features easily make ZMS-20 the most powerful SoC (system-on-chip) available for tablets today.

When OEM customers are ready to ship their JAGUAR3 tablets, they have the option to easily upgrade it to the next generation ZMS-40 SoC chip which sports a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 and 96 StemCell Processors. This 100-core 4th Generation tablet solution will be available to OEMs in the next quarter.

The JAGUAR3 tablets can be made so slim and lightweight due to the massive integration of I/O devices and processors within the ZMS-20 and ZMS-40 chips and also the patent-pending power management technologies invented by ZiiLABS. This allows all the components to be compacted into a “granddaughter-board” – a micro-size motherboard measuring only 2.44” x 4.64”, with performances that can rival most laptops and yet consuming only about 1 watt of power.

ZiiLABS has amassed over 25 years of experience in 3D graphics, GPU and SoC designs. Under its previous name of 3DLABS, ZiiLABS was the first to introduce the highly advanced and highly prized 3D graphics chip technologies to the PC market in the early ‘90s. Leveraging on these extensive chip design skills, methodologies, patents and technologies, ZiiLABS is now able to bring these phenomenal technologies with outstanding performance to the tablet market at a miniscule fraction of what they used to cost.

The JAGUAR3 tablet reference designs are far more than the “Reference Design Kits” used in the chip industry. They are a set of comprehensive and complete ready-to-go, quick-to-market Reference Design Kits – from chip, hardware, OS, firmware, software, to IDs (industrial designs) and mechanical designs. They come in different “flavors” to allow OEM customers a variety of choices – from ID, price, performance, weight, thickness and all the way to outright sexiness. All these choices are offered without the OEM having to bear huge R&D costs, exorbitant NRE charges and agonizing design cycle delays.

With a stylish magnesium case, weighing less than 480g and an ultra-thin 8.1 mm design, the higher end JAGUAR3 solution delivers a vibrant 10.1 inch tablet of 1280 by 800 pixel resolution at 176 pixels per inch, 16.7 million colors, a full viewing angle and a capacitive multi-touch screen experience. At a slightly higher mechanical cost, JAGUAR3 can easily support a super sexy “razor-slim” design of only 7.4 mm. Depending on the battery used, over 10 hours of video playback and web browsing is still possible with such slim designs.

The higher end JAGUAR3 also supports:

  • A dual camera system of up to 12 Megapixel for rear facing image capture and HD for front facing
  • Complementing the standard Android offering, a rich suite of software is added to exploit the massive computing power of the ZMS processor, including
    • Support for High Dynamic Range images
    • Easy-to-use 40 Megapixel panoramic photography
    • ZiiPhoto with intelligent photo browsing and real-time 3D photo effects
    • Advanced video playback with trick modes (such as rewind play, frame-by-frame advance and reverse)
  • Dual microphone array for noise-free recording and video conferencing, and
  • Creative Sound Blaster’s famed X-Fi audio effects

The ZMS-20 array of 48 StemCell Processors delivers an unprecedented 1080p High-Profile H.264 and VP8 video playback, immersive OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics, HDMI 1.4 output with mirroring and a fully independent dual-screen display (one for the tablet LCD and a different one for the large external HDMI display), Adobe Flash 10.x acceleration and OpenCL programmability. The ZMS-40 with its 96 StemCell Processors can easily double all these benchmarks and provide flexibility to power and accelerate future Android iterations.

Availability and Specifications

The ZiiLABS JAGUAR3 Reference Design Kits are expected to sample to select customers in October 2011.

Full specifications are available at www.ziilabs.com

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