Actions Semiconductor

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Actions Semiconductor
Traded as NASDAQACTS
Industry Semiconductors
Founded 2000; 15 years ago (2000)
Headquarters Guangdong, China
Area served
Worldwide
Products SoCs (ATMxxxx)
Website www.actions-semi.com

Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (NASDAQACTS) is a fabless semiconductor company founded in 2000 and based in Guangdong, China.[1] The company has an about 600 employees and designs SoCs for tablets, digital audio players, photo viewers and related products.

Products[edit]

The following is a list of system-on-chips developed and marketed by Actions Semiconductor, mainly targeting tablets.

Name Application Process CPU Memory interface GPU Availability
ISA Core # of Cores Frq (GHz)
ATM7013[2] Tablet MIPS 74Kf 1 1.1 8/16-bit DDR3[3] Vivante GC800
ATM7019 74Kf 1 1.2 Vivante GC800
ATM7021A[4] ARMv7-A Cortex-A9 family[a] 2 Up to 1.3 DDR3/DDR3L (512 MB) PowerVR SGX540 @ 500 MHz[5] Q3 2013[6]
ATM7029[7] Cortex-A5[8][9] 4 Up to 1.2 533 MHz DDR2/DDR3, up to 2 GB Vivante GC1000 Plus @ 630 MHz[5] Q4 2012[10]
ATM7029B[6] Cortex-A5 4 1.2 PowerVR SGX540 @ 500 MHz[5]
ATM7039c[6] Set-top-box[11] 40 nm Cortex-A9 4 1.6 Dual-channel (64-bit total) PowerVR SGX544MP @ 450 MHz[5]
ATM7039s[12] Tablet, set-top box 28 nm LP Cortex-A9 4 1.6 PowerVR SGX544MP
ATM7059[12][13] Cortex-A9 4 1.6 DDR3, DDR3L, LPDDR2, LPDDR3 PowerVR SGX544MP Q4 2014
S900[14] 28 nm ARMv8-A Cortex-A53 4 PowerVR G6230
  1. ^ The term "Cortex-A9 family" used by Actions is similar to the description used by the company for the CPU cores inside the ATM7029, which have been proven to be Cortex-A5 cores. The ARM Cortex-A5 would be more be accurately described as being "Cortex-A7 family", being slower than but otherwise equivalent to the ARM Cortex-A7, rather than being directly related to the higher-performance ARM Cortex-A9.

Adoption[edit]

Close-up of the Ainol Hero 10 II PCB showing the Actions Semiconductor ATM7029 SoC ASIC and the ATC2603A Mixed signal ASIC.

S1 MP3 players use chipsets designed by Actions.

In 2012, Actions Semiconductor produced the ATM7029 which is a quad-core ARM Cortex-A5-based SoC using Vivante Corporations GC1000 GPU.[15] This SoC has been used in the Ainol NOVO10 Hero II tablet and other low end tablets.[16]

For Q2 2014, Actions was reported to be fourth largest supplier of tablet processors to the Chinese market.[17]

Legal cases[edit]

At one point, Actions was sued by Sigmatel with Sigmatel prevailing. The findings were that Actions infringed upon Sigmatel by directly copying the ASICs designed by Sigmatel, once a world leader in the MP3 ASIC market. Sigmatel later was sold to Freescale Semiconductor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ YouTube Interview
  2. ^ "Allwinner A13 or ATM7013?". BuyinCoins Forum. 2013-01-27. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  3. ^ "Actions Semiconductor Launches New ATM701x Product Family". Actions Semiconductor. 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  4. ^ "ATM7021A". Actions Semiconductor. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  5. ^ a b c d "GPU GFLOPS". GPU GFLOPS. 2014-07-29. Retrieved 2014-11-04. 
  6. ^ a b c "Actions’s Tablet Chipsets Provide Advanced, Efficient Graphics with Imagination’s PowerVR GPUs". Actions Semiconductor. 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  7. ^ "ATM7029". Actions Semiconductor. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  8. ^ "ATM7029: an ARM Cortex A9 or A5?". SlateDroid. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  9. ^ "Thread: In Depth Review of the Ainol NOVO8 Dream Quad Core Tablet". FreakTab. Retrieved 2014-07-24. 
  10. ^ "Ainol Electronic Launches New Tablet Product Featuring Actions Semiconductor's Owl Series ATM7029 Chipset". Actions Semiconductor. 2012-12-27. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  11. ^ "Actions Parades its Latest Innovative Chip Designs at the 2014 China Sourcing Fair". Actions Semiconductor. 2014-10-16. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  12. ^ a b "Actions Semiconductor Debuts Its First 28nm OWL Series Chipset". Actions Semiconductor. 2014-10-23. 
  13. ^ "Actions Semiconductor Debuts 28nm Quad-Core Processor for Mainstream Android Tablets". PR Newswire. 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2014-11-03. 
  14. ^ "Actions Semiconductor Launches High Performance 64-bit S900 and ActDuino S900". Actions Semiconductor. 2015-05-14. Retrieved 2015-07-09. 
  15. ^ MultiCore overview
  16. ^ 艾诺NOVO四核参数
  17. ^ "Digitimes Research: China sees increased tablet AP shipments in 2Q14". DigiTimes. 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2014-07-28. 

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