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28nm quad-core processor targets Android tablets, STBs

Posted: 05 Nov 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Actions Semiconductor? processor? ARM Cortex? Android tablet? STB?

Actions Semiconductor Co. Ltd has announced a quad-core SoC that offers primary processing, connectivity and enhanced battery life, among others, in computer tablets and set top boxes (STB). Aimed at mid-tier, high volume Android tablet manufacturer designs, the ATM7059 is based on a 28nm LP process and fourth generation technology design, indicated the company.

The processor is a 1.6GHz ARM Cortex A-9-based CPU with an Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX Series5XT GPU. Other key applications include smart monitors, ultrabooks, digital signage and other cloud-connected devices.

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 processor allows for a primary LCD 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 24bit LCD controller using an LVDS/MIPI interface, detailed the company. Supported screen sizes are from 7-18in. A rear and front-facing camera can be supported, from 1.3-8MP and 0.3-2MP, respectively.

Supported operating systems include Android KitKat 4.4.4 (2014Q4) and Android 5.0 Lollipop (2015Q1). Memory support, from 512MB to 2GB, includes: 8/16bit DDR3/DDR3L, 16/32bit 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.

Supported batteries cover a range from 3,000-8000mAh. Quick charging with an indicator, DC5V support, and USB charging are integrated. For Internet and other connectivity, the ATM7059 provides dual-band WiFi support for a/b/g/n, GPS, GLONASS and Beidou. Bluetooth standards capabilities are 2.1+EDR, 3.0 and 4.1.

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.

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