Actions Semiconductor Co. Ltd.
Native name
炬力集成电路设计有限公司
IndustrySemiconductors
Founded2000; 24 years ago (2000)
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsSoCs (ATMxxxx)
Websiteactions-semi.com

Actions Semiconductor Co. Ltd. (Chinese: 炬力集成; pinyin: Jùlì Jíchéng) is a Chinese fabless semiconductor company founded in 2000 and headquartered in Zhuhai, Guangdong province[1] and has offices in both Shanghai and Shenzhen.[2] The company has about 600 employees and designs SoCs for tablets, digital audio players, photo viewers and related products.

History

In 2008 Actions Semiconductor acquired Hi-Trend Technology Co. Ltd's 2D graphics technology.[3] The company acquired Mavrix technology in 2010. In November 2011, Niccolo Chen stepped down as CEO, and was replaced by Zhenyu Zhou who was Senior Vice President at the time, and was the founder of Mavrix in 2005.[4] On 12 September 2016, Actions Semiconductor announced their merger with Starman Limited,[5][6] which was completed on 9 December 2016.[7]

Products

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

Model Number Application Process CPU Memory interface GPU Availability
ISA Processor # of Cores Frq (GHz)
ATM7013[8] Tablet ? MIPS 74Kf 1 1.1 8/16-bit DDR3[9] Vivante GC800
ATM7019 ? 1 1.2
ATM7021A[10] ? ARMv7-A Cortex-A9 family[a] 2 Up to 1.3 DDR3/DDR3L (512 MB) PowerVR SGX540 @ 500 MHz[11] Q3 2013[12]
ATM7029[13] ? Cortex-A5[14][15] 4 Up to 1.2 456 MHz DDR2/DDR3, up to 2 GB Vivante GC1000 Plus @ 480 MHz[11] Q4 2012[16]
ATM7029B[12] ? Cortex-A5 1.2 ? PowerVR SGX540 @ 500 MHz[11]
ATM7039c[12] Set-top-box[17] 40 nm Cortex-A9 1.6 Dual-channel (64-bit total) PowerVR SGX544MP @ 450 MHz[11]
ATM7039s[18] Tablet, set-top box 28 nm LP ? PowerVR SGX544MP
ATM7059[18][19] DDR3, DDR3L, LPDDR2, LPDDR3 Q4 2014
S500 Android 28 nm
S900[20] ARMv8-A Cortex-A53 1.8 DDR3, DDR3L, LPDDR2, LPDDR3, up to 4GB PowerVR G6230
V500 Virtual Reality ARMv7-A Cortex-A9 ? DDR3, DDR3L, LPDDR2, LPDDR3 PowerVR SGX544MP
V700 ARMv8-A Cortex-A53 ? ARM Mali-450 MP6
GT7 GTT ?
  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

Close-up of the Ainol Hero 10 II PCB showing the Actions Semiconductor ATM7029 SoC ASIC and the ATC2603A Mixed signal ASIC.
Close -up of the Cubieboard 6 PCB showing Actions Semiconductor S500 SoC

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.[21] This SoC has been used in the Ainol NOVO10 Hero II tablet and other low end tablets.[22]

For Q2 2014, Actions was reported to be fourth largest supplier of tablet processors to the Chinese market.[23]

Legal cases

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.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ YouTube Interview
  2. ^ "Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. : Actions Semiconductor Introduces Second OWL Series Chipset -April 16, 2013 at 08:32 pm EDT | MarketScreener". www.marketscreener.com. 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2024-03-11.
  3. ^ LaPedus, Mark (2008-08-05). "Actions Semi buys graphics technology". EE Times. Retrieved 2024-01-18.
  4. ^ "Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. : Actions Semiconductor Introduces Second OWL Series Chipset -April 16, 2013 at 08:32 pm EDT | MarketScreener". www.marketscreener.com. 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2024-01-18.
  5. ^ "Actions Semiconductor Announces Completion of Going Private Transaction". www.prnewswire.com. 2016-12-16. Retrieved 2024-01-23.
  6. ^ "Actions Semiconductor enters into definitive merger agreement for going private transaction". reuters.com. 2016-09-12. Retrieved 2024-01-23.
  7. ^ "Actions Semiconductor announces shareholders vote to approve going private transaction". reuters.com. 2016-12-09. Retrieved 2024-01-23.
  8. ^ "Allwinner A13 or ATM7013?". BuyinCoins Forum. 2013-01-27. Archived from the original on 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2014-11-03.
  9. ^ "Actions Semiconductor Launches New ATM701x Product Family". Actions Semiconductor. 2012-04-30. Archived from the original on 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2014-11-03.
  10. ^ "ATM7021A". Actions Semiconductor. Archived from the original on 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2014-11-03.
  11. ^ a b c d "GPU GFLOPS". GPU GFLOPS. 2014-07-29. Archived from the original on 2014-05-09. Retrieved 2014-11-04.
  12. ^ a b c "Actions's Tablet Chipsets Provide Advanced, Efficient Graphics with Imagination's PowerVR GPUs". Actions Semiconductor. 2014-02-25. Archived from the original on 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2014-11-03.
  13. ^ "ATM7029". Actions Semiconductor. Archived from the original on 2016-06-01. Retrieved 2014-11-03.
  14. ^ "ATM7029: an ARM Cortex A9 or A5?". SlateDroid. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-24.
  15. ^ "Thread: In Depth Review of the Ainol NOVO8 Dream Quad Core Tablet". FreakTab. Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2014-07-24.
  16. ^ "Ainol Electronic Launches New Tablet Product Featuring Actions Semiconductor's Owl Series ATM7029 Chipset". Actions Semiconductor. 2012-12-27. Archived from the original on 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2014-11-03.
  17. ^ "Actions Parades its Latest Innovative Chip Designs at the 2014 China Sourcing Fair". Actions Semiconductor. 2014-10-16. Archived from the original on 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2014-11-03.
  18. ^ a b "Actions Semiconductor Debuts Its First 28nm OWL Series Chipset". Actions Semiconductor. 2014-10-23. Archived from the original on 2016-06-01. Retrieved 2014-11-03.
  19. ^ "Actions Semiconductor Debuts 28nm Quad-Core Processor for Mainstream Android Tablets". PR Newswire. 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2014-11-03.
  20. ^ "Actions Semiconductor Launches High Performance 64-bit S900 and ActDuino S900". Actions Semiconductor. 2015-05-14. Archived from the original on 2015-07-10. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  21. ^ "MultiCore overview". Archived from the original on 2016-06-01. Retrieved 2013-06-06.
  22. ^ "艾诺NOVO四核参数". Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2013-06-06.
  23. ^ "Digitimes Research: China sees increased tablet AP shipments in 2Q14". DigiTimes. 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2014-07-28.