Wolfson power management and audio technology selected by ZiiLABS
Edinburgh, UK, 3rd June 2011 - Wolfson Microelectronics plc has today announced that its innovative power management solution, the WM8321, and its advanced audio hub solution, the WM8993 have been selected by pioneering media processor and platforms company ZiiLABS to deliver power management and audio processing capability in its recently introduced JAGUAR Android reference tablets, powered by the ZiiLABS ZMS-20 energy-efficient processor.
Engineered for high-resolution tablet computing, the ZMS-20 features multi-core application acceleration and combines with Wolfson's WM8321 and WM8993 to deliver dynamic power management and audio providing longer battery life and a higher performance platform for the next generation of Android 3.X-based tablets.
The ZMS-20 combines ZiiLABS' 48 Stemcell media processing cores with Dual-Core 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Processors with Neon to deliver 1080p high profile video playback, immersive OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics, HD video calling and a rich desktop browsing experience including Adobe® Flash® Player.
Part of Wolfson's successful family of power management solutions, the WM8321 is specifically designed for low power portable multimedia applications, including tablet PCs, smartphones, eBook readers, media players and any application with a multimedia processor.
Featuring four programmable DC-DC synchronous buck converters, the WM8321 delivers high performance and high efficiency across a wide range of operating conditions, while its integrated one-time programmable (OTP) memory helps reduce time-to-market.
The WM8993 combines Wolfson's market-leading hub architecture and ultra-low power technology to manage all audio processing and routing in a multimedia application. By managing, converting and processing the full array of diverse audio streams, including voice, speaker, microphone, music and headphone signals, the WM8993 is able to provide the flexible audio mixing capability and high performance expected in today's portable multimedia applications.
Dr Jess Brown, Product Line Manager for Power Management at Wolfson Microelectronics, said: "We are delighted that ZiiLABS has once again selected Wolfson technology for its latest media processor, the ZMS-20.
"Wolfson has a strong reputation in providing industry-leading audio and power management solutions for consumer electronics applications, and the WM8321 and WM8993 enable system designers to incorporate an impressive range of features into their products, whilst improving efficiency and performance."
Tim Lewis, Director Partner Relations, ZiiLABS, said: "Wolfson continue to provide world-leading power management and audio solutions that combined with their global supply chain and design-in support, make them an ideal partner for our JAGUAR reference tablets."
Android 3.X (Honeycomb) tablets and associated design-kits based on the ZMS-20 will be showcased at the ZiiLABS suite (Grand Hyatt Hotel Taipei, Grand Room, #1137) in Taipei, Taiwan between 31 May and 4 June at the Computex 2011 tradeshow.
About Wolfson Microelectronics
Wolfson Microelectronics is a global leader in the supply of high performance, mixed-signal semiconductor solutions to the consumer electronics market. In the home, in the office and on the move, Wolfson's innovative technology can be found at the heart of many of the world's leading digital consumer goods, including premier hi-fi equipment, mobile phones, MP3 players, flat panel TVs, digital still cameras and portable navigation devices.
The company's headquarters is located in Edinburgh, UK. Wolfson's customers are located worldwide, and so is Wolfson, with design centres, sales offices, applications teams and engineering expertise across Europe, the US and Asia. Wolfson Microelectronics plc is listed on the London stock exchange (LSE: WLF.L).
For more information about Wolfson Microelectronics, please visit: http://www.wolfsonmicro.com
ZiiLABS is a worldwide leader in low-power, media-rich application processors, hardware platforms and advanced middleware that enable OEMs, ODMs, System Integrators and Software Developers to deliver best-in-class products across a broad range of consumer electronics and embedded markets. Originally founded in 1994 as 3DLABS, the company re-branded and joined with the Personal Digital Entertainment group of Creative Technology to form ZiiLABS in January 2009. ZiiLABs now has over 800 R&D engineers working on ZiiLABS related projects and has invested US$1 billion and 10,000 man years in media processing solutions. The company has offices in the UK, China, USA and Singapore.