Earlier this May, Ziilabs announced the ZMS-20 dual core processors targeted at Android Honeycomb tablets. They have now unveil the 3rd generation of Android Tablet reference designs based on ZMS-20 and ZMS-40 called Jaguar3.
Here’s an excerpt of the press release:
ZiiLABS, a pioneering media processor and platforms company (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd), 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.
ZMS-20 StemCell Processors
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.
You can also read the full Press Release by Creative Technology, Ziilabs, parent company.
Here are the JAGUAR3 Reference Designs specifications:
- Powered by ZMS-20 or ZMS-40 StemCell processor
- 10.1″ Display with a resolution of 1280×800 and 16.7 million colors.
- High density 176dpi screen with 176 degree angle of view
- Capacitive touch screen
- 1GB LP-DDR2 or DDR3 memory options
- Internal NAND (16, 32 and 64GB)
- HD front facing camera
- 12MP image capture from rear facing camera
- Dual channel Wi-Fi b/g/n
- Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
- GPS, accelerometer, compass and gyroscope
- Stereo speakers
- Dual microphone array for beam-formed noise reduction
- Micro HDMI 1.4 output supporting 1080p60 and 3D stereo
- High Dynamic Range image capture
- Micro USB 2.0 port
- MicroSD card slot
- Instantaneous On and extended Sleep function
- Ultra light and thin magnesium casing (minimum thickness 7.4mm)
The reference designs will come with the corresponding Android 3.x SDK optimized for Zillabs ZMS-20 and ZMS-40 processors and all hardware files: mechanical designs, schematics, gerber files, bills of materials…
Ziilabs (and Creative) also claims their partners can manufacture tablets based on those reference designs for as low as 100 USD a piece, although I would speculate that it would not come with all the features mentioned above, and probably not a 10.1″ display.
The ZiiLABS JAGUAR3 Reference Design Kits are expected to sample to select customers in October 2011.