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Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd is one of China’s leading fabless semiconductor companies that designs, develops and markets integrated platform solutions, including SoCs, firmware, software development tools and reference designs for manufacturers of portable media players and smart handheld devices, including tablets. We provide integrated platform solutions to tablet and portable media player manufacturers, brand owners and value-added distributors that enable them to accelerate the time-to-market for their products.
System-on-a-chip, or SoCs, are integrated circuits that incorporate a digital signal processor, a micro controller unit, embedded memory, codec, a power management unit and other components. Our SoCs are manufactured using industry-standard, mixed-mode, complementary metal-oxide semiconductor, or CMOS, processes and are designed to help our customers lower the number of components required to manufacture their finished products and reduce their overall cost. Our multi-voltage SoC design results in lower noise and lower power consumption and supports audio encoders, digital rights management, USB and Bluetooth connectivity and audio post-processing effects, such as equalization and stereo expansion. Our SoC products also include on-chip memory, controllers for color liquid crystal display, and analog components, including digital-to-analog converters, phase lock loops and USB transceivers.
The functionality of both tablet and portable media players are largely determined by the SoC controller, which together with memory components, constitute a significant portion of a tablet and portable media player’s total cost. Actions is one of the few fabless SoC design companies with mixed mode and PMU (Power Management Unit) design capabilities. Our SoCs for portable media players are integrated circuits that incorporate a digital signal processor, a micro controller unit, embedded memory, codec, a power management unit and other components all inside one chip. For the tablet market, we provide a main SoC and a companion chip which integrates Audio Codecs and PMU as a bundle set which maintains a slim design profile and allows us to provide our customers with the most effective BOM (build of material) cost delivering high performance with low power consumption.
In the beginning of 2012, we consolidated our product portfolio into three categories: Mobile Internet/Tablet, Portable Audio and Portable Video. We expect to continue maintaining a strong leadership position in the mainstream audio boom-box and MP3 products, while increasing contributions from our newer advanced products in the Video/Gaming category. In our Mobile Internet/Tablet category, we shipped over 600,000 units of our first tablet product—ATM701x—based on MIPS architecture in the fourth quarter of 2012. We will phase out sales of our ATM701x as we ramp sales of our second generation ARM based product. Our growth initiatives remain focused on further penetrating and gaining traction in the mobile Internet enabled multimedia market.
Actions was founded in 2001 and is registered in Cayman Islands.
Actions is based in Zhuhai.
614 full-time employees as of December 31, 2012
Actions is traded on the Nasdaq
Actions' IPO was arranged in November 2005 and the lead underwriter was Credit Suisse First Boston
Actions’ fiscal year ends on Dec 31.
Annual dividends, if any, on our shares and ADSs will be declared by and subject to the discretion of our board of directors. Our board of directors may from time to time pay to the shareholders such interim dividends as appear to our board of directors to be justified by our profits. We may pay dividends to shareholders in the future. However, such payments will depend upon a number of factors, including our results of operations, earnings, capital requirements and surplus, general financial condition, contractual restrictions and other factors considered relevant by our board of directors. We currently intend to retain all of our earnings to finance the development and expansion of our business and therefore do not intend to declare or pay cash dividends on our shares and ADSs in the near to medium term.
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