Actions Semi Builds for Midrange Mainstream Devices

A quad-core SoC, with many applications areas, has been introduced by Actions Semiconductor. The ATM7059 is primarily designed for mid-tier Android tablets; however, it can also be used in set-top boxes, smart monitors, ultrabooks, digital signage and other cloud-connected devices.

Based on a 28nm process, the SoC is a 1.6GHz ARM Cortex A9-based CPU. A PowerVR SGX Series5XT GPU, from Imagination Technologies, is also used. H.264 encoding/decoding and UltraHD playback are supported, as well as video capture at 1920 x 1080 and 60fps. Primary and secondary (1920 x 1080) displays between 7″ and 18″ are supported, as are Miracast and DLNA.

The display engine provides scaling, alpha blending, and dithering. It supports up to a 24-bit LCD controller using an LVDS/MIPI interface.

Android 4.4.4 and Android 5.0 can both be used with the SoC. RAM between 512MB to 2GB can be installed, with internal storage between 4GB and 64GB. As well as HDMI 1.4, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connections are supported, in both host and device modes. Sensors can also be used, such as ambient light sensors and accelerometers.

Certifications are being obtained now. The ATM7059 will be shipping worldwide by the end of this month.