Chinese fabless chipmaker Actions Semiconductor Co. Ltd. has introduced an open source system-on-chip (SoC) and reference design platform targeted at the smart connected consumer electronics market.
The SoC, dubbed S500, works with both Android and Linux open source operating systems and is designed to lower the power and cost of smart devices while providing support for peripherals, according to the company. The SoC includes a 32-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A9R4 processor with a NEON SIMD co-processor and an Imagination PowerVR SGX544 GPU, Actions says.
The open source reference design platform, ActDuino S500, supports Android 5.0 Lollipop, Linux and Ubuntu operating systems. It also includes a hardware reference design schematic and board layout diagram with tools, documents and resources for the creation of development boards geared toward system makers and individual hobbyists.
The SoC and reference design are targeted at a wide range of smart connected products such as digital display signage, kiosks, Android netbooks, pico projectors, children’s educational devices, robot toys and other consumer electronics.
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