Creative Launches Multi-Core Audio Chip
I have always been a fan of Creative audio products even from the beginning of my computer building days. Lately though, Creative has gone by the wayside, so it is interesting to see them revamp their products and go after a market like this.
Creative Labs decided to reignite its core business with the launch of a new multi-core audio processor. Under the name Sound Core3D, the company is launching a product for desktop and notebook computers, as well as consumer electronics such as PC-embedded TV sets, Set-Top boxes and HTPCs.
Sound Core3D features Quartet SIMD processor featuring four independent cores that operate on what Creative calls TIMD (Thread Interleaved Multiple Data). Unlike the original X-Fi and its multi-threaded single-core approach, this time we’re talking about quad-core approach. Computational power went from 1.2 GFLOPS to around 5 GFLOPS.
Still not sure what the application here is for the HTPC enthusiast, but only time will tell.