IP-блоки от CAST Inc.

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=== Новости 2018 года от CAST:

CAST and Accelize Make GZIP Compression Instantly Available via Cloud-Based FPGA Accelerators

Hardware Accelerated GZIP Data Compression Available on As-Needed Basis in New AccelStore

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ USA — April 9, 2018 — Semiconductor intellectual property provider CAST, Inc. has taken advantage of a new cloud-based FPGA accelerator marketplace developed by Accelize® to make industry-leading GZIP data compression available to users and developers whenever they need it.

The new AccelStore™ makes critical functions like GZIP directly available to end users on a rental by time or data basis. The cloud-based IP functions run on optimized FPGA accelerator boards hosted in high-speed data centers including those of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and OVH. Accelize gives IP developers technical tools and support and manages the licensing and cloud hosting; its AccelStore then makes the online library of accelerated functions available with easy licensing and usage.

“Accelize has made the promise of hardware-agnostic cloud-based accelerators really work,” said Nikos Zervas, chief executive officer for CAST. “We still of course offer reusable GZIP IP cores to conventional system and product developers, but now AccelStore gives CAST a new revenue stream by making accelerated GZIP compression easy to deploy and affordable to use on cloud servers.”

"CAST has been a longtime partner of Accelize and an early believer in the value of bringing powerful FPGA based Accelerator Functions to cloud users," said Stephane Monboisset, vice president of marketing and partnerships for Accelize. "Their GZIP compression IP and associated Accelerator Function are of high quality, and our tight partnership enables us to tune these functions to the exact needs of cloud users to provide maximum value for most compression needs."

About Accelize

FPGA hardware accelerators have been getting significant attention for the speed and processing power they offer for compute-intensive functions. Where Accelize has succeeded is in making FPGA acceleration practical and affordable for the scientists, statisticians, researchers, and other end users who need it most. They’ve done this by assembling an ecosystem that unites IP developers like CAST, FPGA accelerator silicon providers like Intel® and Xilinx®, and hosting companies like AWS and OVH, to deliver cloud-based accelerated functions. Enterprise versions of the AccelStore are also available so companies can provide FPGA acceleration to their employees.

Potential FPGA accelerator users should visit the AccelStore to see the available functions. IP and other developers interested in participating should visit www.accelize.com to learn more.

About the GZIP IP & CAST

The ZipAccel™-C GZIP/ZLIB/Deflate Data Compression IP Core provides extremely fast lossless data compression with relatively high compression ratios. Throughputs in excess of 100 Gbps are feasible even in low-cost FPGAs, and latency can be as small as a few tens of clock cycles. A similarly beneficial Decompression core is also available. The GZIP cores are part of the broad line of digital IP cores and subsystems offered by CAST. Learn more about CAST’s line of processors, video and image processing, peripherals, interfaces, and security cores by visitingwww.cast-inc.com, emailing info@cast-inc.com, or calling +1 201.391.8300.

Accelize is a registered trademark and AccelStore a trademark of PLDA Group. CAST is a trademark of CAST, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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=== Новости 2017 года от CAST:

Novatek Reduces TV Boot Time with Data Decompression IP Core from CAST
WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ USA, May 16 2017

Novatek Microelectronics Corp., a customer of semiconductor IP provider CAST, Inc., has applied a data decompression IP core to achieve a major consumer benefit: significantly reduced start-up delay in digital televisions.

Consumers don’t like to wait when they turn on a television set. Much of this start-up or “boot time” delay is due to the time required to read the initial firmware code out of the relatively slow, non-volatile, flash memory where it is stored. Novatek’s innovation dramatically reduces this boot time by storing a much smaller, compressed version of the firmware, and using a fast hardware decompression engine obtained from CAST to rapidly decompress the code during boot.

Novatek Logo & CAST IP purchase news
The ZipAccel-D GUNZIP/ZLIB/Inflate Data Decompression IP Core available from CAST is a hardware decompression engine with remarkably low latency and high throughput. Novatek successfully used its initial single-use license for the core in one of its highly integrated, programmable, system-on-chip (SoC) products targeted to digital TV manufactuers, then upgraded to a multi-use license to apply the technology to additional chipset products. The approach not only increases consumer satisfaction with a shorter boot time, but also reduces system costs by enabling the use of smaller, less expensive memory devices.

GZIP IP product icon
“The GUNZIP core from CAST was relatively easy to integrate, functions and performs well, and gives our DTV chipsets a distinct competitive advantage,” said Daniel Ping, television products director for Novatek. “The core itself is well-designed and packaged, and CAST’s excellent technical service and support has helped us meet or exceed our project schedules.”

The decompression engine Novatek licensed is part of the ZipAccel™ family of data compression IP CAST sources from Sandgate Technologies. A compression engine and complete PCIe Compression Reference Design Kit are also available. Other CAST customers have used ZipAccel engines to reduce boot time and energy consumption in a variety of application areas; read about this approach in the CAST white paper Firmware Compression for Lower Energy and Faster Boot in IoT Devices.

About Novatek
Novatek Microelectronics Corp. is a Taiwanese fabless semiconductor company established in 1997 and specializing in display-centered total solutions in a line of ICs and SoCs for all display applications. The company is the world’s largest supplier of display driver ICs, and is ranked as the world’s 10th largest and Taiwan’s 2nd largest fabless company in terms of sales revenue (2015). With successful sales to major TV OEMs around the world, Novatek has been identified as one of the firms dominating the rapidly-growing Ultra HD chipset market (Strategy Analytics research report).

For more information, visit www.novatek.com.tw.

About CAST, Inc.
CAST develops, aggregates, and integrates digital IP cores and subsystems. The company’s product line includes low-power, high-value, processors, video and image codecs, peripherals, interfaces, and more; see details at www.cast-inc.com.
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CAST Introduces GZIP Accelerator Through New Intel FPGA Data Center Acceleration Ecosystem
WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ USA, October 17 2017

A hardware accelerator that addresses the data compression and storage optimization needs of performance-critical data center applications is now available from semiconductor intellectual property provider CAST, Inc. This GZIP Accelerator Function is part of the expanded Intel® FPGA Design Solutions Network (DSN), of which CAST is an early member.

The CAST GZIP Accelerator integrates the popular ZipAccel-C™ GZIP/ZLIB/Deflate Compression IP Core with a PCIe interface, Direct Memory Access (DMA) function, and essential driver software in a high-performance, plug-and-play FPGA data compression system. Lossless data compression rates can exceed 40 Gbps, making the GZIP Accelerator an excellent choice for servers or database applications, where its data compression optimizes storage requirements or reduces network bandwidth needs.

GZIP-RD-A10 Block Diagram and Board

The CAST GZIP Accelerator (GZIP-RD-A10) IP implemented in an FPGA on the
Intel Programmable Acceleration Card (PAC).

The CAST GZIP Accelerator is now available as a ‘drop-in’ accelerator function for the Intel Programmable Acceleration Card (Intel PAC) with Intel Arria 10 GX FPGA that is then added to servers. The Intel PAC card also pulls in frameworks and libraries using the Intel Acceleration Stack for Intel Xeon CPU with FPGAs, easing the use of FPGA acceleration.

“We’re seeing strong demand for our hardware GZIP data compression solution from data centers and other data-heavy or performance-critical applications,” said Nikos Zervas, chief executive officer for CAST. “Running this industry-leading GZIP accelerator on the Intel PAC with the Intel Acceleration Stack provides a significant win for customers needing faster data compression and decompression.”

“Intel is collaborating with a growing ecosystem of partners in our DSN program to bring new data center accelerator functions such as CAST’s GZIP data compression to our customers seeking options to accelerate workloads,” said Reynette Au, vice president of marketing, Intel Programmable Solutions Group. “Customers and end users can benefit with faster time to market by using IP from CAST and the larger ecosystem built around our Intel Programmable Acceleration Card with Intel Arria 10 GX FPGA.”

The CAST GZIP Accelerator is available now from CAST (www.cast-inc.com). Learn more about the accelerator function or the Intel FPGA DSN program at www.altera.com/dsn.
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CAST Drives Automotive IP Forward with New AVB/TSN Ethernet and SAE J2716 Sensor Bus Cores plus CAN-FD Time-Stamping
New IEEE 802.1AS AVB/TSN and SENT/SAE J2716 Cores now available; CAN/CAN-FD Controller Core now supports AUTOSAR-compliant time-stamping

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ USA, June 13 2017

Automotive IP
Semiconductor intellectual property provider CAST, Inc. today announced three significant improvements to its automotive IP family:

A new IEEE 802.1AS Hardware Protocol Stack Core works with any eMAC (Ethernet Media Access Controller) to enable easy development of time-aware nodes for standard AVB/TSN (Audio Video Bridging/Time Sensitive Networking) networks. This serves a variety of audio/visual and industrial applications, and is essential for the growing use of Ethernet to connect diverse automotive systems.
A new, full-featured SENT/SAE J2716 Controller Core serves as a transmitter and/or receiver for the Single Edge Nibble Transmission protocol. It complies with the SAE J2716 standard and also the de-facto standard Short PWM Code (SPC) protocol, and can serve as a simpler, lower-cost alternative to the popular LIN bus for connections between automotive sensors and controllers.
The CAN 2.0 & CAN FD Bus Controller Core now supports time-stamping compliant to the CiA 603 specification, which enables efficient hardware time-based synchronization for AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture) systems. This adds time-sensitive application support to one of the most field-proven, feature-rich, and transceiver-agnostic FPGA/ASIC CAN controller cores on the market. [A1]
“Working with multiple CAN FD customers every month has made us acutely aware of the special needs of automotive system designers,” said Nikos Zervas, chief executive officer for CAST. “These engineers face a growing demand for more sophisticated electronics at all levels in the market, and we believe these additions to our automotive IP line will further help them succeed in the face of rising complexity and diminishing time to market and cost flexibility.”

The CAN Controller and 802.1AS Stack cores are sourced from Fraunhofer IPMS. The SENT/J2716 Controller core was developed by CAST’s USA engineering team. All are available now, with royalty-free licensing.
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CAST Adds DO-254 Avionics Interface Cores though New Partnership with Nolam
Nolam IP cores for MIL-STD 1553, ARINC-429, and ARINC-825 are field-proven and DO-254 compliant

Woodcliff Lake, NJ, June 01 2017

Semiconductor IP provider CAST, Inc. today announced a new partnership with Nolam Embedded Systems, and the resulting availability through CAST of several Nolam avionics-related IP cores.

Logo for CAST Avionics IP partner Nolam Embedded SystemsNolam Embedded Systems is a successful developer and integrator of real-time embedded systems. The company provides IP, board-level, and complete integrated system products, and primarily serves the aerospace, defense naval and aerospace, and industrial markets.

The partnership initially focuses on adding three Nolam IP cores for avionics standards to the CAST product line:

The MIL-STD 1553 core is a serial data bus controller for avionics, space, and server environment applications. It supports single, dual or quad channels and the standard’s BC, RT, and BM modes.
The ARINC-429 core is a point-to-point serial data bus controller typically used in commercial aircraft systems. It supports any number of receiver and transmitter channels.
The ARINC-825 core is a bus controller conforming to this aerospace-tailored version of the CAN 2.0 bus standard.
DO-254 design process compliance is available for all three cores—with Certification Data Packages for Design Assurance Levels E through A—eliminating for developers of safety-critical products the difficult challenge of satisfying this quality standard. Furthermore, these cores have already been deployed in numerous customer designs, proving their reliability and robustness in the field. A complete supporting ecosystem is readily available, including FPGA mezzanine cards (FMCs) for easy evaluation prior to purchase.

Do-254 compliant Avionics IP from CAST, Inc.“Lives are literally at stake if the buses and interfaces deep within airplane systems ever fail to perform,” said Nikos Zervas, chief executive officer for CAST. “System designers aware of our leadership in CAN FD have often asked for DO-254 qualified avionics cores, and we’re very happy now to not only satisfy their requests but to actually surpass their expectations with these robust and field-proven cores from Nolam.”

“At Nolam Embedded Systems, we’ve built our reputation on developing the appropriate technical solutions for the challenging markets we serve,” said Benjamin Nakache, vice president of sales for Nolam. “We’re now proud to partner with CAST—one of the world’s best in their field of marketing and selling IP cores—to help get Nolam IP to even more design teams who might benefit from it.”

The new cores have undergone CAST’s quality and reusability reviews, and are available this month with CAST’s royalty-free licensing. Each is ready for FPGA implementation and is vendor and device agnostic. Visit www.cast-inc.com to see technical data, request evaluation systems, and more.

About Nolam Embedded Systems
Founded in 2006, Nolam has developed innovative, board-level products and systems that help it lead the aerospace, defense, naval, medical, telecom, and industrial markets. Nolam’s in-house engineering team helps customers define project specifications and develops solutions from drivers and system software through IP cores to FPGA hardware systems, complete with all artifacts necessary for DO-264 up to DAL-A compliance packages. Customers include EADS (Airbus Group), Israel Aerospace Industries, Kongsberg Defence Systems, MBDA Missile Systems, and Thales.

Visit www.nolam.com to learn more about Nolam Embedded Systems.

About CAST, Inc.
CAST develops, aggregates, and integrates digital IP cores and subsystems. The company’s product line includes low-power, high-value, processors, video and image codecs, peripherals, interfaces, and more; see details at www.cast-inc.com.
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=== Новости 2016 года от CAST:

CAN FD Bus Controller IP Core Gains Time-Triggered TTCAN Capability.
Available from CAST, Inc. this fully-featured soft CAN FD core supports all relevant specs, has Verification IP available, and will undergo its second Plug Fest in April

Nuremberg — Embedded World, February 23 2016

Semiconductor intellectual property provider CAST, Inc. today introduced standard support for the new Time-Triggered communication on CAN (TTCAN) protocol in the CAN Bus Controller IO Core it offers.

This CAN-CTRL CAN 2.0 & FD Controller Core, sourced from partner Fraunhofer IPMS, is among the few ASIC RTL and FPGA netlist cores to support TTCAN, the Flexible Data-Rate CAN FD protocol, and all popular CAN bus specifications:

CAN 2.0 and CAN FD — ISO 11898-1:2015 and earlier ISO, and Non-ISO (Bosch) versions
TTCAN — Time-Triggered CAN (ISO 11898-4 level 1)
Optimized support for the AUTOSAR and SAE J1930 specifications.
This CAN core was the first soft core to undergo rigorous testing at the CAN Open Plug Fest (in March 2015), and is scheduled for a second round at Detroit and Nuremberg Plug Fests in April and June respectively. Subsystem boards with the CAN-CTRL core and transceivers from ON Semiconductor and Microchip will be used in these strenuous evaluations.

Design verification for CAN-CTRL Core customers is facilitated through a partnership with verification IP expert Avery Design Systems. Developed independently but cooperatively, the Avery CAN 2.0 and FD VIP works “out of the box” with the core to provide smooth design and verification.

A ready-to-run reference design board and other development aids are also available from CAST to further shorten the time to market for CAN FD based systems. Visitors to Embedded World and DVCon (San Jose) are welcome to stop by the CAST booth for more information.

CAST, Inc. is a twenty-year-old developer, integrator, and aggregator of IP cores for ASICs and FPGAs. The company offers some of the best available choices for low-power, high-value IP, including 8051s and BA2x 32-bit Processors; video, image, and data compression; peripherals, interconnects and other functions needed for complete system designs. Visit www.cast-inc.com, or follow @castcores on Twitter.
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New Tiny 80251 Beats Other Low-Power, High-Capability Microcontroller Options.
Available from CAST, Inc. this fast, easy-to-program, peripherals-loaded 16- and 32-bit controller needs less silicon area and code memory space and fewer memory operations than most 8-bit 8051s or 32-bit RISC processors

Nuremberg — Embedded World, February 23 2016

Semiconductor intellectual property provider CAST, Inc. today introduced a new microcontroller in its 8051-compatible IP line, the T80251XC3 Tiny, Configurable, 16-bit 80251 Microcontroller IP Core.

The new MCU is optimized to provide the 16- and 32-bit data processing capabilities of the 80251 architecture in less than 13K gates, a silicon area no larger than a fast 8-bit 8051 and much smaller than a typical 32-bit processor. It further offers system-wide cost and energy savings through greater code density for 16-bit processing—enabling the use of smaller firmware memory units—and a CISC design using more complex addressing modes that slashes the number of power-consuming load-store operations typically comprising 20–25% of the code for 32-bit RISC designs.

In addition to smaller size and less cost, the Tiny 80251 offers advantages that make it an excellent match for many modern applications. Sourced from partner Silesia Devices—one of the most experienced 8051 IP development teams in the world—the design is carefully optimized for performance and achieves a Dhrystone benchmark score of 0.1455 DMIPS/MHz (using the Keil compiler). A fully configurable set of proven peripherals is included and the 8051 ecosystem is mature, simplifying and reducing the risk of developing systems using the T80251XC3. Finally, the royalty-free licensing fees for the Tiny 80251 are likely much lower than for other advanced MCUs, further enabling low product pricing in IoT and similarly competitive markets.

Visitors to Embedded World and DVCon (San Jose) are welcome to stop by the CAST booth for more information.

CAST, Inc. is a twenty-year-old developer, integrator, and aggregator of IP cores for ASICs and FPGAs. The company offers some of the best available choices for low-power, high-value IP, including 8051s and BA2x 32-bit Processors; video, image, and data compression; peripherals, interconnects and other functions needed for complete system designs. Visit www.cast-inc.com, or follow @castcores on Twitter.
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=== Новости 2015 года от CAST:

CAST and Boost Valley Partner for Better Verification of IP Cores
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CAST Makes Evaluating 32-bit Processor IP Easier with Talos for BA20 Plus FreeRTOS
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New 80251 Microcontroller IP Core Available from CAST is the World’s Fastest 8051-Compatible
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CAST Introduces Secure GZIP/Deflate Data Compression IP Cores from Sandgate Technologies
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MIPI® Support Added to Multilayer LCD Display Controller Available from CAST
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CAST 8051 IP Line Expands with IAR Systems Tool Support and New Tiny 8-bit MCU
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=== Новости 2014 года от CAST:

First CAN FD Bus Controller IP Core for ASICs & FPGAs Available Now from CAST

Woodcliff Lake, NJ — January 22, 2014 — Semiconductor intellectual property provider
CAST, Inc. is now shipping what it believes is the first available CAN Bus Controller soft IP
core that supports the recent CAN Flexible Data specification.

Sourced from Fraunhofer IPMS, the revised product adds FD support to the CAN 2.0
controller core CAST has carried for several years. The core’s FD extension completely
supports the CAN with Flexible Data-Rate Specification released by Bosch in April 2012.

This improved data link layer protocol significantly increases bandwidth, making the CAN bus
suitable for the greater demands of modern automotive, industrial control, and other systems.
As provisioned by the spec, the new core imposes no changes on the physical layer, allowing
the gradual updating of existing CAN networks with CAN FD capacities.

“CAN FD makes the stability and reliability benefits of the CAN bus available to designers of
today’s more data-hungry systems, and we’re excited to be the first delivering this capability
in an easy to use and integrate soft core via our partnership with Fraunhofer,” said Nikos
Zervas, chief operating officer for CAST. “The flexibility and performance of this royalty-free
CAN controller core have already helped some fifty customers get to market on time and on
budget, and we expect this FD option to help many more.”

The CAN Controller 2.0/FD IP core is available in VHDL or Verilog source code, or FPGA
netlists. Deliverables include scripts and a testbench for basic verification; work is underway
with Avery Design Systems for a complete suite of CAN FD-compatible Verification IP.

CAST, Inc. is a 20-year-old developer, integrator, and aggregator of IP cores and
subsystems. The company’s royalty-free product line features 8- and 32-bit controllers and
processors with peripherals; video and image compression codecs; and graphics, encryption,
interconnect, and interface IP for quickly building complete systems. See www.cast-inc.com
for product details.
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=== Новости 2013 года от CAST:

CAST Introduces H.264 Video Over IP Subsystem to Simplify Video Streaming Product Development

Woodcliff Lake, NJ — October 11, 2013 — Semiconductor intellectual property provider CAST, Inc. has released a reusable subsystem and suite of hardware reference designs that make it easier to build video streaming into mobile and other products.

The new H264OIP-HDE Subsystem integrates three IP cores available from CAST: the H.264 High Profile Video Encoder (H264-HP-E) core for high-quality video compression, and the RTP and UDP/IP hardware stacks for encapsulating video for Internet Protocol transmission. Flexible video, memory, and network interfaces simplify system integration, and optional logic blocks enable standalone, processor-free subsystem operation. Available hardware reference design systems provide a turnkey jumpstart to streaming system development.

The new subsystem is an especially competitive solution for low-latency applications that demand minimal video delay. The advanced rate control capabilities of the H.264 encoder core, the near-zero latency of the hardware RTP/UDPIP encapsulation, and the ability to directly process the uncompressed video stream as presented by the capturing device together enable the H264OIP-HDE Subsystem to stream video with ultra-low—sub-5ns—latency. Furthermore, the subsystem’s dedicated hardware implementation means it consumes significantly less energy than any similar software-based alternative.

“This new video over IP subsystem makes the superior H.264 compression we offer drop-in ready for high-performance, low-latency, low-energy, video streaming over Ethernet or Wi-Fi,” said Nikos Zervas, chief operating officer for CAST. “Completing the solution are FPGA reference designs for turnkey HDMI- or DVI-to-Ethernet streaming in hardware, and customization services through which we can deliver a pre-packaged and fully-verified combination of any video-in or network controllers a customer requires.”

Reference designs for the streaming subsystem are available now for the Altera® Stratix® IV and Arria® V families, and the Xilinx® Kintex®-7 line. These include the CAST and other essential IP cores implemented in an FPGA, plus the necessary interfaces, memory, drivers, and software.

CAST’s IP customization services are available to integrate the Subsystem with a variety of memory controllers, input video interfaces (e.g., DVI, HDMI, MIPI-CSI, or SDI), and IP-based MAC controllers (e.g., Ethernet or 802.11 Wi-Fi). Other options include multiple video channels, different video preprocessing modules, or different compression algorithms (e.g., JPEG or JPEG 2000), and mapping the subsystem to different FPGA platforms.
The H264OIP-HDE Subsystem in RTL for ASICs or netlists for FPGAs is available now, including the H.264 Encoder Core (sourced from Alma Technologies SA) and the CAST RTP and UDP/IP Cores, other essential functions, complete documentation, and more. Call CAST at +1 201.391.8300 or visit www.cast-inc.com for more information.
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Low-Power BA21 Processor Core Brings 32-bit Benefits to Embedded Microcontroller Applications

Design Automation Conference — Austin, Texas, USA — June 3, 2013 — Processor intellectual property company Beyond Semiconductor and IP provider CAST, Inc. today unveiled the ultra-low power BA21™ embedded processor, further expanding the BA2x™ family of 32-bit processor cores.

The BA21 Low-Power Embedded Processor delivers 32-bit processing capability in a small, energy-efficient package, achieving 2.5 CoreMarks, operating up to 125 MHz, and needing under 10K gates (with a 65nm process). Its two-stage pipelined design is optimized for low power consumption in deeply embedded applications such as wireless communications or mixed-signal control. It offers a powerful step up from 8-bit microcontrollers used for such applications, as well as being a more efficient choice over larger general-purpose system processors.

“The world’s rush towards big data accessed anywhere requires devices that can capture, process, and analyze information within severe power budgets, and this can only be achieved through highly efficient hardware designs,” said Matjaž Breskvar, chief executive officer of Beyond Semiconductor. “To address such needs, this new BA21 core applies unmatched design efficiency to the most area- and power-sensitive end of the processor spectrum, doing more work in less silicon and using less energy than any comparable 8-, 16-, or 32-bit processor. It’s the perfect fit for the next generation of intelligent sensors, deeply embedded devices, or as a helper in complex SoCs.”

Energy consumption levels for a BA21-based system can be as low or lower than those possible with any competing processor thanks to the small silicon footprint, extreme code density, and lower memory demand of the BA2™ instruction set architecture (ISA). Effective power management functions such as clock gating of unused units and hardware or software controller dynamic frequency scaling further reduce energy usage. Options for expanded capabilities include floating point functions, hardware multiplication/divide, vectored interrupt control for fast response, and a memory protection unit.

“The royalty-free BA2x family has a growing reputation for offering a smart, technically-competitive IP choice in a processor market dominated by a single provider,” said Nikos Zervas, vice president for marketing of CAST. “CAST has long been a leader in 8051 applications and for last few years our customers have been asking for greater capabilities for more advanced designs. The BA21 is the perfect answer to that request: it offers great appeal to designers seeking to differentiate their products through better performance, lower energy usage, quick development, and a lower price point.”

The BA21 comes bundled with a customizable set of peripherals and functions. It expands the BA2x Family of 32-bit processors, complementing the mid-range BA22™ and the higher-end BA25™ full application processor. All support the BA2 instruction set architecture, which provides efficient operation and extreme code density for greater system-wide power savings.

Product packages include the Eclipse- and GNU-based BeyondStudio™ tool set to facilitate software development. A complete BA21 system board is available for easy evaluation or as a quick software development platform.

Already in use by early customers, the BA21 Low-Power Embedded Processor Core is available immediately, and will be highlighted in CAST’s booth at DAC (#2024).

BA2x, BA21, BA22, BA25, and BeyondStudio are trademarks of Beyond Semiconductor. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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Ultra-Low Latency H.264 Video Encoding Now Available from CAST

Woodcliff Lake, NJ — May 16, 2013 — The H.264 video encoder IP cores available from semiconductor intellectual property provider CAST, Inc. now feature an option for ultra-low latency video encoding. This enables near-real time video transmission for streaming and wireless video applications, especially when coupled with CAST’s hardware stacks for fast, processor-less video processing.

Low Latency and Video Encoding
Latency is the delay incurred in processing and transmitting live video. Having a negligible delay of under 150 milliseconds (4.5 frames for 30 frames per second video) is critical in applications involving human interaction—such as video conferencing, remote surgery, online gaming, or high-value surveillance—and an even lower delay of 30ms (one frame for 30fps) or less is essential for many automotive, industrial, and medical systems.
While total latency is determined by the end-to-end process of video capture, encoding, transmission, decoding, and display, it is the encoding that typically has the most critical role. An ultra-low latency encoder needs to meet the target bit rate (e.g. 7 Mbps) over a small period of time (e.g. 1 frame). This allows the decoder to start the decoding process after buffering just a small amount of the compressed stream, and provides guarantees that the decoder buffer will not underflow throughout video playback.

Achieving Ultra-Low Latency Video Encoding
The H.264 video encoder cores available from CAST have always allowed a designer to regulate latency down to a few frames through a sophisticated rate control algorithm. The intra-only versions of these encoders can now go further, giving designers the ability to regulate latency at a deep sub-frame level. This enables latencies under 20ms for 30 frames per second video, and under 10ms for 60fps.
The sub-frame rate control feature for ultra-low latency is now a standard part of the intra-only version video encoder cores and available from CAST worldwide. These new ultra-low latency intra-only encoders support the Baseline, Main, and High Profiles of the H.264 standard (ISO/IEC 14496-10/ITU-T) and are sourced from technology partner Alma Technologies.

Video Streaming Hardware Stacks
Processing the encoded video stream for transmission also impacts end-to-end latency. Most video systems rely on a central system processor to handle this, but for many applications there is a quicker method.
Dedicated hardware stacks can more efficiently transmit video over specific channels. CAST has developed two such stacks that can prepare and transmit a video stream without the assistance of a processor: the UDP/IP Hardware Protocol Stack Core handles video transmission over an Ethernet LAN or similar Internet Protocol media, and the Hardware RTP Stack Core encapsulates H.264/NAL streams to Real-time Transport Protocol packets that are compliant with RFC 3894 and RFC 6184.
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