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ZiiLABS Reveals Plans For Quadcore ARM Jaguar Tablets

Creative Technology-owned, ZiiLABS announced the launch of the Jaguar family which includes 7-inch and 10-inch reference designs that will enable OEMs to quickly design new tablets that are optimised for Android Honeycomb 3.1.

The company says that the tablets have a modular design which allows the OEMs to customise their products to differentiate themselves from the competition.

Both of the newly announced ZiiLabs ZMS-20 and ZMS-40 Stemcell processors will be used in these tablets which are already sampling now.

The latter is an SoC with 96 StemCell media processing cores and four Cortex-A9 cores clocked at 1.5GHz. ZiiLABS quotes an image processing performance of 150 MPixel/sec which would be equivalent to the Mali-200 core clocked at 150MHz.

As for the tablets, they will come with a choice of capacitive or resistive touchscreens with resolution of either 1024x600 pixels or 1280x800 pixels, optional 3G/4G compatibility, onboard GPS, up to 2GB DDR2 or DDR3 RAM, five-megapixel front and rear cameras, Wi-Fi, up to 64GB onboard storage, two speakers and microphones, HDMI and USB 2.0 ports.

ZiiLABS did not say when the first tablets based on its reference platform would be out, although one can expect a glut of tablets to flood the market between now and Christmas.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.