ZiiLABS and ARM Showcase 1080p Blu-ray Quality Connected HDTV Home Entertainment

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010
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ZiiLABS new ZMS-08-based SiVO Digital Home Platform on show at CES

SINGAPORE & CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom — ZiiLABS, a cutting-edge media processor and platforms company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd., and ARM Holdings plc [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMH)], will be showcasing ZiiLABS new ZMS-08 -based SiVO Digital Home Platform this week at CES. By combining the ZiiLABS StemCell Computing Array and the ARM® 1GHz Cortex-A8™ processor into a single SoC, the consumer can experience 1080p Blu-ray quality HDTV and 3D graphics user interfaces on low-power connected home devices.

“The SiVO platform enables OEMs and ODMs to quickly and efficiently bring easy-to-use products to market that enable users to enjoy and share their multi-format media content in stunning 1080p high-definition at Blu-ray quality with bit-rates of up to 40MBPS,” said Hock Leow, President, ZiiLABS. “SiVO is a proven media-rich platform that offers our partners a complete market-ready solution with the built-in flexibility for customization.”

“The availability of the SiVO Platform from ZiiLABS, is a further demonstration of the growing momentum behind ARM Cortex processors and the key differentiators they offer for home devices,” said Ian Drew, EVP Marketing, ARM. “The Cortex-A8 processor enables high-performance, energy-efficient connected home products to become a reality.”

The ZMS-08 flexible StemCell Computing Array features 64 fully programmable floating- point processors that deliver exceptional multimedia capabilities coupled with improved application performance. The flexible array architecture enables users to experience the widest range of community and commercial generated content including H.264, Microsoft® WMV9, MPEG2, MPEG4, OpenGL ES and Adobe Flash.

The tightly coupled high performance 1 GHz Cortex-A8 superscalar processor features NEON™ technology for multimedia and signal processing, TrustZone® security technology enabling Web 2.0 commercial transactions such as the capability to pay for, download and view the latest Hollywood blockbuster for a specific time period, 256K L2 cache for enhanced Web 2.0 browsing performance and a 1 GByte addressable RAM. This, together with the StemCell Computing Array, provides the high performance required for next-generation connected consumer multimedia experiences – while operating within the tight cost constraints and power envelopes needed for compact high density, thermally constrained home devices.

The SiVO Digital Home Platform provides support for a rich software portfolio, including Linux, ZiiLABS’ Plaszma OS, Android OS and a wide range of media codecs and libraries. The platform provides support for 1080p Blu-ray quality video and can support Adobe Flash Player 10 and OpenGL ES 2.0 utilizing ZiiLABS’ proprietary media processing array to provide the video, graphics features and low-power performance. ZiiLABS, together with ARM, work with an extensive range of third parties and open source communities to leverage the Cortex-A8 processor and NEON extensions.

The SiVO will be demonstrated by ZiiLABS at their private Suite and ARM in the ARM Home room (#35551MP South Hall) for customers at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Las Vegas, January, 7-10, 2010.