100-core processor doubles performance and cuts power consumption in half for Android 4.0 devices
By doubling the number of StemCell Media processors compared to the previous ZMS-20, the ZMS-40 delivers twice the peak media performance, while running the larger array at lower clock speeds to achieve the same performance leads to greater energy efficiency and a reduction in power consumption of up to 50 percent. With 2x the performance and 2x the power efficiency, the processor delivers ultra-high-resolution H.264 HP decoding of up to 3840 x 1080 for true 1080p 3D stereo, 2560 x 1600 (WQXGA) display resolution support, higher-quality video encoding and immersive OpenGL ES graphics, and future support for High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC).
The up-and-coming HEVC standard (also known as H.265), besides other qualitative benefits, can also increase data compression ratio by up to 2X as compared to H.264. HEVC claims to target the next generation Hi-Def TV market which can support scalable resolutions from 320 x 240 to 1080p with improved picture quality in terms of noise level, color and dynamic range, all the way up to a resolution of 7680 x 4320. Being fully programmable and with their massive parallelism, the 96 cores of StemCell Media processors can easily handle the onerous computational requirements of this new CODEC and support higher resolutions that are beyond today’s display systems.
The latest ZiiLABS MandelMark data highlights how the increase in size of the StemCell array can result in a 2x increase in performance or a 50% reduction in power consumption. MandelMark is ZiiLABS’ OpenGL ES 2.0 shader implementation of the Mandelbrot algorithm and is designed to test the computing performance of modern GPUs. Additional information on MandelMark can be found at: www.ziilabs.com/mandelmark.
The ZMS-40 supports ZiiLABS’ enhanced Android 4.0 implementation that complements the standard Android offering with a rich suite of software to exploit the massive computing power of the ZMS processor.
The company’s enhanced Android supports not just cloning of the device display onto a TV but also APIs to enable dual independent displays, where the TV is showing a different screen from the device. For example, a user could be browsing the web for information while watching an HD video on the TV all at the same time.