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Thursday, October 11, 2007
Creative's new Zen has built-in Wi-Fi compatibility
Courtesy of a ArsTechnica post that brought this to my attention, it appears as if the chip inside the new Creative Zen has support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. According to the manufacturer's (SigmaTel) site, that's not all it can do.
I see some potential there, including what the company did with the Zen Stone, by adding a screen later. Hopefully that's what the dev team is doing now. We'll most likely see a new player released in December, according to rumor.
Here's some of the big points-
SigmaTel STMP3700
o Lyrics Support
o Audio playback: MP3,WMA,WAV (PCM,IMA-ADPCM, MS-ADPCM), AAC, Ogg Vorbis
o Audio record: MP3, WMA, WAV (PCM, IMA-ADPCM, MS-ADPCM)
o Images: JPEG, BMP
o Video playback:
+ MPEG4 SP/ASP @ QVGA, 30fps
+ VC1 SP/Main @ QVGA, 30fps
+ H.264 baseline @ QVGA, 30fps

o Support for third party audio post processing algorithms
o Audible™, SRS™ Support
o WiFi® and Bluetooth® support
o USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) or Windows Media Transfer Protocol (MTP)
o FAT32/16 file system formats with device formatting
o Host System Recovery and Firmware Update Utility
o Windows Media Player 11 and Windows Vista™ support
* Media Storage
o NAND flash
o MMC/SD card support
* Digital Rights Management
* FM Playback and Recording with Radio Data Service (RDS) Support

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