Announced back in April, the new chip is aimed at the burgeoning budget tablet market, where low production costs are premium.
The chip features two Cortex A9 cores with a clock speed of up to 1.2GHz and an unknown graphics engine. Androidpc.es speculated today that it’s a Vivante GC1000, which it claims isn’t as fast as the Mali-400 or PowerVR SGX54x series (we agree).
The chip might be aimed at the entry-level end of the market but it has some decent hardware acceleration on-board, able to decode 1080p (1920×1080-pixel) resolution video up to 60fps and encode H.264 video at up to 1080p at 30fps. It supports quick-boot technology (up from cold in ten seconds) and has a built-in DDR3/DDR3L RAM controller with support for up to 2GB.
It can output HDMI v1.4a standard video to 1080p/30fps and can happily run Android 4.2.2 or Linux 3.4 kernel-based operating systems.
Tech website ARMdevices.net had details on this chip back in April, thanks to this double-page brochure with most of the details we already know. What we don’t know is the graphics engine.
The ATM7023 will be up against the likes of Rockchip’s RK3066 dual-core Cortex A9 and its lower-power RK3168 dual-core Cortex A7 model. There aren’t a huge number of dual-core Cortex A9 SoC CPUs on offer at the moment but with everyone going quad-core on the back of the Rockchip RK3188 and Allwinner A31 CPUs, pricing will be a key factor here for Action Semi.
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