Fabless Chinese chip firm licences 64bit ARM for tablets

Actions Semi - Dr Zhenyu Zhou

Actions Semi CEO – Dr Zhenyu Zhou

Fabless Chinese chip firm Actions Semiconductor has licenced ARM’s 64bit Cortex-A50 processor family, prediction silicon before the end of the year.

The SoC will be aimed at tablets and over-the-counter (OTT) set-top boxes.

“With the mobile industry migrating from 32bit to 64bit operating systems, we expect our next generation SoCs utilising this IP will allow us to compete more effectively in both the branded and whitebox segments of the tablet and OTT set top box markets,” said Actions CEO Dr Zhenyu Zhou.

Cortex-A50 is based on the ARMv8-A architecture, which first introduced 64bit support to the ARM architecture and is  compatible with existing 32bit software.

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