Cambridge Soundworks - a subsidiary of Creative - have announced the MovieWorks HD, a docking station for the Apple iPod range that can output high-definition video and digital audio to a connected HDTV or audio system. The MovieWorks HD also has an integrated X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity chip onboard, together with Creative's X-Fi Crystallize and X-Fi CMSS-3D technology, and connects via HDMI.
Creative have been demonstrating their new Zii platform this week at CES, catchily titled "Stemcell Computing", which is promising a huge shift in how multimedia is handled by mobile devices. Zii comprises a number of scalable Processing Elements, or PEs, each of which can be individually re-tasked to different tasks. In that way, rather than a device having a set amount of video decoding, encoding or high-definition processing capability, it can selectively assign generic PEs to whatever the task at hand.
Creative are preparing to launch a new processing chip at CES 2009, Zii, which the company is advertising as using "Stemcell Computing". Announced via a teaser webpage, Zii is believed to be a different type of product to the company's X-Fi audio processing chip, and will find its way into a variety of upcoming products.
Creative is expected to be showing off their new Creative X-Fi Go! Mobile sound card this week at IFA. The card is an update to the companies Soundblaster Play! and offers users a sound card that they can port between computers and take with them on the go.
I remember back in the day when the name Fatal1ty was just first being heard around the internets. This was some kid that was making a real name for himself in the professional gaming world by dominating in Quake III Arena, and going on to win (or place very well) in dozens of professional tournaments. Nowadays you don't hear much about his victories, but you do see gaming products with is stamp of approval on them. The latest such products is the Creative Fatal1ty X-Fi USB Headest.
First, this headset is not going to improve your fragging skills, I don't care who has their name stamped on it. However, I can bet that this guy has spent more time gaming with a headset on than most of us, so he probably knows what he's talking about.
Creative have announced their latest PMP, and it seems they've drawn inspiration from their bathroom. The ZEN Mosaic is a flash-based media player with a 1.8-inch LCD, audio and video playback, as well as an FM radio and voice recorder. Initially available in 2GB and 4GB sizes, next month will see 8GB and 16GB versions join the line-up.
Creative's Zen X-Fi certainly has the spec-sheet to take on Apple's PMP range, but until now we weren't sure it followed through with the usability. Jenn over at Pocketables has been playing with what must be one of the first out of the shipping crates, and while she likes the PMP it does seem to fall short of Creative's "the sound of perfection" marketing hyperbole.