Actions Semi S900VR & V700 Processors are Designed for Virtual Reality Headsets

Earlier this summer, Actions Semi has announced two quad core ARM Cortex A53 SoC designed for virtual reality applications, S900VR with a PowerVR G6230 GPU for higher-end 2K headsets, and V700 with a ARM Mali-450MP GPU for mid-range Android VR headsets with Full HD displays.

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Actions Semi S900VR specifications and key features:

  • CPU – Quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor
  • GPU – Imagination PowerVR G6230 with support for OpenGL ES1.1/2.0/3.0/3.1, OpenGL 3.2, OpenCL 1.2EP, DirectX10
  • Memory I/F – Dual channels DDR3/DDR3L/LPDDR2/LPDDR3
  • Storage I/F – SLC/MLC/TLC NAND, eMMC 4.5, SDIO 3.0
  • Video decode – HEVC/H.265 up to 4K
  • Video encode – H.264 1080p video encoding
  • Display – MIPI-DSI, LVDS, and eDP1.3 interfaces up to 2560×[email protected]
  • HDMI – HDMI 1.4b up to 4K and MHL 2.1
  • Camera sensor – MIPI-CSI2 interface up to 13M cameras
  • Power – ATC260x companion chip with embedded PMU and Audio Codec
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Actions Semi V700 Block Diagram – Click to Enlarge

V700 VR processor specifications:

  • CPU – Quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor
  • GPU – ARM Mali-450 MP6 with support for OpenGL ES2.0/1.1, OpenVG 1.1, EGL 1.5
  • Memory I/F – DDR3/DDR3L/LPDDR2/LPDDR3, up to 4GB
  • Storage I/F – SLC/MLC/TLC NAND, eMMC 4.5, SDIO 3.0
  • Video decode – HEVC/H.265 up to 4K @ 30 fps
  • Video encode – H.264 1080p video encoding
  • Display – MIPI-DSI & LVDS interfaces up to 1920×[email protected]
  • HDMI – HDMI 1.4b up to 4K
  • Camera sensor – MIPI-CSI2 interface up to 12M cameras
  • Power – ATC260x companion chip with embedded PMU and Audio Codec

While the processors were announced in July, I found out about them about an Imagination press release mentioning Actions Semi, Imagination Technologies, and Nanjing Ruiyue Technology – better known as Nibiru – had partnered to released a 2K Android virtual reality kit running Nibiru OS powered by Actions Semi S900VR processor with sub 20ms latency.

You may want to visit Actions Semiconductor S900VR and V700 product pages for maximum confusion as both mentions 4K display support, contradicting the press release.

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Not with those cheap, crap GPU’s. They’ll barely drive a 720p display.

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