Actions Semiconductor Launches High Performance S900 Open Source Platform 64-bit SoC and ActDuino S900 Reference Design Platform

ZHUHAI, China, May 14, 2015 — (PRNewswire) — Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: ACTS) ("Actions Semiconductor" or "the Company"), one of China's leading fabless semiconductor companies that provides comprehensive portable multimedia and mobile internet system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for portable consumer electronics, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Actions Technology (Zhuhai) ("Actions Technology") released a new 64-bit high performance open source platform SoC, the S900, along with a reference design platform, the ActDuino S900, targeting the Android and Linux open source platform markets for a wide range of leading edge smart connected products, including game console boxes, high performance computing digital display signage, notebooks based on popular OS, smart projectors, educational devices, robots, virtual reality devices and other differentiated electronics devices.

Combining 64-bit architecture with 28nm process technology, the S900 features a highly integrated compact design, high-performance computing, low-power consumption, robust peripherals and rich diversity.  The S900 SoC integrates a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with TrustZone® Security system, as well as a high performance, world-class Imagination PowerVR G6230 GPU.  The S900 SoC provides superior performance and supports up to 2560x1600@60fps LCD display with Ultra HD(4K) @30fps external HDMI TV display dual-screen output and all standard video decoding playback capabilities which includes HEVC 4K x 2K@30fps / H.264 FHD 1080P@60fps video decoder.  The internal ISP (Image Signal Processor) is also integrated for up to 13M pixels cameras. The S900 SoC has rich peripheral interfaces, providing customers with convenient expansion needs, and integrates with a wide variety of ports.

The ActDuino S900 open source reference design platform, also features 64-bit architecture with 28nm process technology and supports the Android 5.x, Linux and Ubuntu operating systems.  It includes a hardware reference design schematic and board layout diagram supplemented by abundant tools, documents, and other necessary resources to help Actions Technology's partners quickly introduce new customized solutions to capture the industry trend of 64-bit architecture with powerful performance and rich diversity, in addition to creating their own development boards and establish themselves in the high-end SoC market.

As a founding member of Linaro's 96Boards initiative, Actions Technology's 64-bit S900 plays an integral role in this new open source development platform that combines Actions' low-cost design and manufacturing experience with Linaro's software expertise to produce a very high performance and diversified development platform for a broad range of software developers, from professional developers in large corporations to individual enthusiasts and makers.

"We are pleased to extend our open source product offering with the high performance S900 SoC and ActDuino S900 reference design platform, featuring 28nm process technology with an ARM quad-core 64-bit CPU, Imagination PowerVR G6230 GPU and 4K HEVC (H.265) video decoding capabilities.  As a founding member of Linaro's 96Boards initiative, we are establishing a foothold in the open source intelligent hardware community, and we are excited the latest 96Boards product, the Bubblegum-96, drew strong interest at the Hong Kong Electronics Show," said Dr. Zhenyu Zhou, CEO of Actions Semiconductor. "We remain committed to providing our partners with the best technology for the latest 64-bit ARM architecture and allowing them to quickly bring new products to market with powerful performance and rich diversity."   

About Actions Technology (Zhuhai)

Actions Technology focuses on solutions for smart handheld and smart home devices. Its main products are tablet, over-the-Top ("OTT") set-top boxes and Bluetooth enabled boombox solutions, along with total product and technology solutions based on the Android platform. These products feature high performance, low power multi-core CPUs and GPUs, supporting high resolution displays and wireless connectivity. Actions Technology currently has nearly 500 employees, 425 of whom are engineers. Among these engineers, more than half have over three years of research and development experience. Actions Technology is ranked among the first in terms of engineering talent, project experience and product quality within the IC design industry in China. Actions Technology is a wholly owned subsidiary of Actions Semiconductor Co. Ltd.

About Actions Semiconductor

Actions Semiconductor is one of China's leading fabless semiconductor companies that provides comprehensive portable multimedia and mobile internet system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for portable consumer electronics. Actions Semiconductor products include SoCs, firmware, software, solution development kits, as well as detailed specifications of other required components. Actions Semiconductor also provides total product and technology solutions that allow customers to quickly introduce new portable consumer electronics to the mass market in a cost effective way. The Company is headquartered in Zhuhai, Mainland China, with offices in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Taipei. For more information, please visit the Actions Semiconductor website at

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Statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements, as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include statements concerning the market acceptance of its new open source solution and reference design platform.  Actions Semiconductor uses words like "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "expect," "project" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. These forward-looking statements are estimates reflecting current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events and involve significant risks, both known and unknown, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Actions Semiconductor's actual performance, financial condition or results of operations to be materially different from those suggested by the forward-looking statements including, among others, customers' cancellation or modification of their orders; our failure to accurately forecast demand for our products; the loss of, or a significant reduction in orders from, any of our significant customers; fluctuations in our operating results; our inability to develop and sell new products; defects in or failures of our products; the expense and uncertainty involved in our customer design-win efforts; the financial viability of the distributors of our products; consumer demand; worldwide economic and political conditions; fluctuations in our costs to manufacture our products; our reliance on third parties to manufacture, test, assemble and ship our products; our ability to retain and attract key personnel; our ability to compete with our competitors; and our ability to protect our intellectual property rights and not infringe the intellectual property rights of others. Other factors that may cause our actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements contained in this press release and that may affect our prospects in general are described in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recently filed Forms F-1, 20-F and 6-Ks. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on Actions Semiconductor's future results, performance or achievements. In light of these risks, uncertainties, assumptions and factors, the forward-looking events discussed in this press release may not occur. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date stated, or if no date is stated, as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, Actions Semiconductor undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect subsequent events or changed assumptions or circumstances.

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