Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Jul 2009 22:08 UTC, submitted by Gunderwo
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless We've talked about Creative's brand-new Stemcell computing platform before. They developed a new processor, the ZMS-05, which consists of two ARM-926 cores, and 48 programmable 'processing elements' which can develop in real-time into performing any of the specialised acceleration functions needed by modern computing. In addition, the system-on-chips, called Zii, could be linked together freely, achieving teraflop speeds on a sheet of A4 paper. Back then, they claimed that a Zii could easily playback HD content (even on HDTVs). They put the Zii in a iPod Touch-like device, and their promises turned out to be true.
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I'm very impressed
by mpxlbs on Thu 30th Jul 2009 23:39 UTC
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But can you make calls with it?

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RE: I'm very impressed
by robojerk on Thu 30th Jul 2009 23:53 UTC in reply to "I'm very impressed"
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But will it blend?

Don't breath that! The stem cells are toxic!

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RE[2]: I'm very impressed
by Jondice on Fri 31st Jul 2009 04:31 UTC in reply to "RE: I'm very impressed"
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I actually bought one of those blenders... totally worth it.

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RE: I'm very impressed
by JayDee on Fri 31st Jul 2009 02:59 UTC in reply to "I'm very impressed"
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But can you make calls with it?

Of course! Just connect to the net using Wi-Fi and make as many VOIP calls as you want ;-) I'm actually thinking of getting one.

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by _df_ on Fri 31st Jul 2009 00:06 UTC
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well createive didnt develop squat, 3d realms extend their OLD processor the DMS-02.

the dual arm is nothing new and the zms-05 is not all that exciting compared to any other arm licensee's SOC. They are not even using new arm cores just old 926's.

the newer TI cores are more interesting than the zii.

the dms-02 was interesting at the time but didn't score any major design wins and so far, neither has the zms-05. creative is all about the hype "stemcell computing! rawk!" and no meat "lets make an iphone touch clone!"

it needs a) a die shrink, b) speed increase, c) expanded memory address space (1gb? pshaw).

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RE: pshaw
by divide_by_zero on Sat 1st Aug 2009 04:04 UTC in reply to "pshaw"
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Hey Itouhg that was very interesting, but if you say so... Can you point to more information about these processors?? :]

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by JrezIN on Fri 31st Jul 2009 01:25 UTC
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nice! a standard usb connection! if it's free from (as in required) proprietary software/protocols, I may keep an eye at it!

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Seriously, I've never seen paper do a whole lot of computing.

It's nice that they've finally figured out that the casing was not the next generation iPod touch or iPhone.

It should be interesting to see if this works well. I wouldn't bet on an iPod touch killer but then, Creative hasn't mentioned such a thing.

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Android based on Linux just like Plazm
by mtemmerm on Fri 31st Jul 2009 07:39 UTC
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The OP compares the two possible dev choices as on the one hand Plazma being linux-based and otoh Google Android. But since Android is just as well Linux based, why shouldn't it make the most advantage of the device? Does Plazma include a modified Linux kernel using the 48 processing cells more efficiently?

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If so, they'd be crazy not to add that to their android distribution - it wouldn't be that difficult for them.

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3G -> Success
by drTRS on Fri 31st Jul 2009 08:54 UTC
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If they able to put in a 3G connection, this gadget would be perfect...

..if they put a GSM chip along with the 3G they would have a iPhone killer...

..without these they have a toy... a very good one though ..

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Missing map
by Guillaume Maillard on Fri 31st Jul 2009 10:11 UTC
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The Zii is available in Germany, Spain, UK and Italy. Where is France you ask?

The sales support just answered: "We encourage you to check our website for the latest list of countries for delivery."

This time Creative is creative, but they still have some issues with geography. I encourage them to continue working on good hardware and fire the support team ;)

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X-Fi Linux support?
by Johann Chua on Fri 31st Jul 2009 23:00 UTC
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So the Zii uses X-Fi for sound and can use two Linux-based OSes. Does this mean that the Linux kernel will have X-Fi support from now on, or at least binary-only modules?

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