LOS ANGELES, Nov. 3, 2014 -- Actions Semiconductor® Co., Ltd. today introduced a new quad-core system-on-a-chip (SoC) to provide primary processing, connectivity, enhanced battery life and other capabilities in computer tablets and set top boxes (STB). The new processor is most ideal for mid-tier, high volume Android® tablet manufacturer designs. It will be available in the USA, Asia, Europe and other locations in November 2014.
The new Actions Semiconductor SoC is the ATM7059 and it is based on a 28nm LP process and fourth generation technology design. It is a 1.6GHz ARM® Cortex® A-9-based CPU with an Imagination Technologies™ PowerVR™ SGX Series5XT graphics processing unit (GPU). Other key applications include smart monitors, ultrabooks, digital signage, and other cloud-connected devices.
Video and Audio Capabilities
Key video capabilities include H.264 decoding with ultra HD 4K video playback. It also supports other mainstream formats, such as 1080P at 60fps capture. Video encoding is H.264 full 1080P HD at 60fps capture. The SoC allows for a primary LCD display and external 1080P display with support for HDMI 1.4. It also supports high-quality wireless Miracast and DLNA. The display engine provides scaling, alpha blending, and dithering and supports up to a 24 bit LCD controller using an LVDS/MIPI interface. Supported screen sizes are from 7-18 inches. A rear and front-facing camera can be supported, from 1.3-8MP and 0.3-2MP, respectively.
Operating System, Memory, Ports and Supported Sensors
Supported operating systems include Android KitKat 4.4.4 (2014Q4) and Android 5.0 Lollipop (2015Q1). Memory support, from 512MB to 2GB, includes: 8/16-bit DDR3/DDR3L, 16/32-bit LPDDR2 and LPDDR3. Internal storage support is rated at 4-64GB and includes support for primitive NAND Flash and eMMC 4.5. It also provides support for one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 connection ports with support for host and device mode.
In addition, the ATM7059 has a high level of integration for peripherals such as, SPI, UART, TWI, SPID, TS, 10/100Base Ethernet MAC, and more. Sensors can also be supported, such as for 3-axis gyro, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis compass, ambient light sensors, and more.
Battery, Wi-Fi and Other Radio Capabilities
Supported batteries cover a range from 3,000mAh to 8000mAh. Quick charging with an indicator, DC5V support, and USB charging are integrated. For Internet and other connectivity, the ATM7059 provides dual-band Wi-Fi support for a / b / g / n. GPS, GLONASS and Beidou. Bluetooth standards capabilities are 2.1+EDR, 3.0 and 4.1.
Pricing and Availability
Actions Semiconductor's ATM7059 is in the process of obtaining certifications from Google GMS, CE, FCC, EMC, and more. The device will be available for mass shipping worldwide by the end of November throughout Asia, the USA, Europe and more. Pricing is based on mass quantities purchased and varies by amounts.
About Actions Semiconductor
Actions Semiconductor is one of China's leading fabless semiconductor companies that provides comprehensive portable multimedia and mobile Internet system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for portable consumer electronics. The company's products include SoCs, firmware, software, solution development kits, as well as detailed specifications of other required components. Actions Semiconductor also provides total product and technology solutions. This allows customers to quickly launch portable consumer electronics to market in a cost effective way. The Company is headquartered in Zhuhai, China, with offices in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Taipei. For more information, please visit the Actions Semiconductor website at http://www.actions-semi.com.