Creative Technology

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Creative Technology Ltd.
Public company (SGX: C76)
IndustryConsumer electronics
FoundedJuly 1, 1981; 40 years ago (1981-07-01)
  • Sim Wong Hoo
  • Ng Kai Wa
Jurong East
Area served
Key people
Sim Wong Hoo (CEO)
Ng Keh Long (CFO)
ProductsMultimedia, Information Technology, Consumer electronics
RevenueDecrease US$ 54.9 million (2018)[1]
Net income
Decrease US$ -3.8 million (2019)[1]
Number of employees
800 (2012)
SubsidiariesZiiLABS, E-mu Systems and Ensoniq (merged), Cambridge SoundWorks

Creative Technology Ltd is a Singapore-based technology company most famous for computer sound cards and other audio products. They are also somewhat notable for their web camera products.

Creative is headquartered in Jurong East, Singapore. They have additional offices in Silicon Valley, Dublin, Tokyo, and Shanghai.

Linux Support

Creative does not care about Linux users, not even a little. They do not provide Linux drivers or support for any for their products. Many of them are supported nevertheless thanks to third party drivers.

Sound Card Support

The Linux kernel has support for many of Creatives sound card products thanks to independent efforts by the ALSA developers.

The Linux kernel has, as of Linux 5.8, support for the following Creative sound card products:

Card Kernel module Codec
Sound Blaster Live 5.1 snd-emu10k1
SB0880 X-Fi snd-hda-intel CA0110
Sound Blaster Z snd-hda-intel CA0132
Sound Blaster ZxR snd-hda-intel CA0132
Sound Blaster Recon3D snd-hda-intel CA0132
SoundBlaster AE-5 snd-hda-intel CA0132

The SoundBlaster AE-7 will be supported by Linux 5.10 (scheduled to be released around November/December 2020).

Other Products

The Creative USB Infrared (IR) Receiver SB0540 is supported by the hid-creative-sb0540 module (HID_CREATIVE_SB0540).


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