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Actions Semiconductor Adopts S2C's 4th Generation Rapid SoC/ASIC Prototyping System

Actions Semiconductor Adopts S2C's 4th Generation Rapid SoC/ASIC Prototyping System Feb 16, 2011

Adds New Systems to Existing 3rd Generation Products

Shanghai, China – February 16, 2011 – S2C Inc., a leading rapid SoC/ASIC prototyping solutions provider, announced that Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd., a leading fabless design company that provides mixed-signal and multimedia SoC solutions for portable consumer electronics, purchased S2C’s 4th generation Stratix IV FPGA based S4 TAI Logic Modules.

Actions Semiconductor has been successfully using S2C’s rapid SoC/ASIC prototyping system since 2009. Based on this success, after a careful and thorough evaluation, Actions decided to proliferate its use of S2C’s products to accelerate their design process by placing a major order for the dual Stratix IV 820E based boards and TAI Player Pro software.

"We have adopted S2C’s rapid SoC prototyping solutions, including Xilinx FPGA based V5 TAI logic module hardware and TAI Player Pro software in our design flow for a long time. We are impressed by the reliability, extendibility of the V5 hardware and the powerful, and user friendly TAI player software. S2C’s solution is one of the key factors making our success," said Mr. Fang Liang, Senior Manager of System Department, Actions Semiconductor. "Today’s SoC/ASIC complexity and software development tasks are increasing, we decided to continue using S2C's latest S4 TAI Logic Module as our SoC/ASIC prototyping platform. S2C provides an easily way to port designs from Xilinx to Altera. S2C's excellent technical support helped us to meet our SoC/ASIC prototype challenges."

"Repeat business validates that we are adding significant value to our customer’s design process. By working closely with leading edge companies like Actions, we continue to innovate to deliver our customers the most advanced SoC/ASIC prototyping solutions. Our fourth generation S4 TAI logic module provides better performance, higher capacity and new features aimed at rapid SoC prototyping.” said Mon-Ren Chene, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of S2C. “ Our goal is to help our customers to get to the market first."

About S4 TAI Logic Modules

The S4 TAI Logic Modules are S2C’s fourth generation SoC/ASIC prototyping hardware and can be configured with one or two Altera Stratix IV 820E/530E FPGA devices to fit for ASIC/SoC designs ranging from 5.3M to 16.4M ASIC gates on one board. The S4 TAI Logic Module has enhanced power management, noise shielding, and cooling mechanism that enables system prototypes to attain higher performance and reliability. The S4 TAI Logic Modules can run both DDR2 and DDR3 memory up to 533Mbps (DDR2) and 800Mbps (DDR3). Users can easily download FPGAs, generate programmable clocks, and self-test hardware from S2C’s TAI Player Software via straightforward USB2.0 interface.

About Actions

Actions Semiconductor is a large-scale fabless semiconductor company in China that provides mixed-signal and multimedia 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 and the providers of those 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, China, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen. For more information, please visit the Actions Semiconductor website at http://www.actions-semi.com.

About S2C

Founded and headquartered in San Jose, California, S2C has been successfully delivering rapid SoC prototyping tools since 2003. S2C provides:

  • Rapid SoC FPGA-based prototyping hardware systems plus design and verification software

  • Third-party Prototype Ready™ IP

  • SoC design, prototype and production services

S2C’s value proposition is our highly qualified engineering team and customer-focused sales force that understands our customers’ commercial SoC development needs. S2C’s unique FPGA-based electronic system level (ESL) solution, using our patented TAI IP technology, enables designers to quickly assemble FPGA-based SoC prototypes on S2C FPGA boards. This gives customers an early start on software development, typically the long pole item in development schedules. Combining rapid prototyping methodologies with a comprehensive portfolio of Prototype Ready™ IP and advanced design solutions, S2C can greatly reduce the SoC design cycle.

In addition to the headquarters in San Jose, CA, S2C currently has 4 direct offices located in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen China and HsinChu, Taiwan. S2C is also the organizer of the annual SoCIP seminar and exhibition in China, which brings SoC designers/professionals from the Asia-Pacific region together with international silicon IP and SoC solution vendors.

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