Actions Semi debuts SoC for tablets and OTT set-tops

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 
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Actions Semiconductor Debuts Its First 28nm OWL Series Chipset

ZHUHAI, China — Actions Semiconductor® Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: ACTS), 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, today announced that it debuted its latest innovative 28nm process based quad-core application processor offering for the tablet and OTT set-top box markets at Global Sources’ China Sourcing Fair – Electronics & Components held October 11 – 14 at the Asia World-Expo in Hong Kong.

The latest application processor is a 28nm process enhancement of its 40nm process twin, the ATM7039, announced in September 2013. Initially, Actions will offer two solutions, the ATM7039s, which is pin to pin compatible with its predecessor, the ATM7039c (40nm version), along with a more compact and efficient version, the ATM7059. Like their predecessor, the ATM7039s and the ATM7059 feature a quad-core ARM® CortexTM A9 CPU, high performance, world-class PowerVR GPU core from Imagination Technologies, 2K by 4K super high resolution decoding including support of the newest international standard – high definition HVEC/H.265 video decoding.

However, the new application processor employs 28nm LP process technology instead of 40nm and Actions’ fourth generation low power design achieving 1.6GhZ single CPU speed with much lower power consumption and die cost. The new member of OWL series family brings a greatly improved user experience, enhanced processing speed, longer battery life and will support the upcoming Android Lollipop operating system. Targeted directly at low and mid-tier, high volume Android® tablet manufacturers, it is a highly attractive and cost-effective solution across the board in mainstream tablet design, OTT set-top boxes, smart monitors, ultrabooks, digital signage, and other cloud-connected devices.

“We are excited about the response the newest addition to our OWL Series family of chipsets received at the China Sourcing Fair, one of the most high profile tradeshows in the consumer electronics industry. Featuring 28nm process technology, the ATM7059 and the ATM7039s balance high CPU performance and functionality with our innovative, low power architecture to provide users with a great user experience on low price tablets and OTT set-top boxes at very attractive performance-to-price and performance-to-power ratios. We expect wide adoption of the ATM7059 and the ATM7039s by manufacturers of branded and whitebox tablets, OTT set-top boxes and other cloud connected devices in 2015 and beyond,” said Dr. Zhenyu Zhou, CEO of Actions Semiconductor.