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Actions Semi unveils 0.18m multimedia SoC

Posted: 21 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Actions? 0.18μm? mixed signal multimedia SoC?

Chinese SoC company Actions Semiconductor Co. Ltd has announced that its new 0.18m mixed signal multimedia SoC product has passed all necessary preproduction trials and will be ready for shipment in approximately eight weeks.

According to Actions, the new multimedia device is the company's first product to adopt the 0.18m process as well as a new audio decoding technology and power management technology. The new audio decoding technology supports higher audio compression rates, which prevents data loss during file compression and promises better audio quality, said to be comparable to a CD. The new power management design reduces power consumption and avoids potential technology overlap with competitors, explained the company.

The company said the new device is compatible with APE and OGG audio formats as well as traditional MP3 and WMA formats. It is also compatible with Windows Media Digital Rights Management 10 and Media Transfer Protocol. Additionally, the new product supports USB 2.0 high-speed transfer rates, image storage and display, battery charge protection, and video display on movement. The product also supports the company's own AMV video engine, enabling smoother video playback with better audio quality for multimedia players by maximizing battery life and power management capabilities, Actions said.

"Our design technology is already recognized as industry leading," said Nan-Horng Yeh, Actions' CEO. "The unique design of our 0.25m technology products made them comparable to our competitors' 0.18m process products. Actions' migration to 0.18m will further enhance our ability to provide cutting edge solutions and compelling cost advantages."

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