Action Semi launches low-cost ATM7023 dual-core CPU

atm7023Chiense ARM SoC CPU maker Action Semiconductor has reportedly begun selling its brand-new low-cost dual-core processor from its OWL Series, the ATM7023.

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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