Design and Reuse's founder Gabrielle Saucier graciously interviewed CAST's Nikos Zervas (now COO) at IP-SoC Day in Beijing, China, September 12, 2013. Some highlights from the four-minute video follow.
Gabrielle thanked CAST for our long support, mentioning how our partnership with the respected IP portal evangelism site goes back to D&R's founding in 1997. She then asked what's responsible for CAST's long success providing reusable IP cores, and why do designers continue to choose IP from CAST?
Nikos touched on the key points that make CAST different and are responsible for satisfying hundreds of IP designers over twenty years, including:
- compelling, high-quality IP solutions;
- flexible licensing—including royalty-free IP—with competitive pricing;
- tremendous value in the form of support from one of the industry's most experienced IP teams.
Gabrielle next mentioned CAST's well-regarded success with 8051 microcontrollers, and asked about our recent new 32-bit processor IP family.
Nikos explained that the low-power BA2x 32-bit Processor Family we source from Beyond Semiconductor is actually a family of processors. They all use the BA2 instruction set, enabling perhaps the greatest code density in the industry, which tremendously reduces system-wide energy consumption.
The BA2x processors are suitable for a range of systems, from deeply embedded system controllers through full application processors running Android or Linux (equivalent to ARM® Cortex™-M0 through -A5 up to -A9). BA2x processors have been in production use for two years now; all are available royalty-free.
Gabrielle next asked about what CAST has in mind for the future.
Nikos pointed to CAST's continuing dedication to adding value to IP customers across the board, but in particular for processor and multimedia applications, and in the form of IP subsystems that deliver more complete solutions.
Work on new processor products is well underway, and the next few months will see multimedia solutions that address 4K video as well as evolving mobile and video product requirements. For IP subsystems, look to the new H.264 Video Over IP Subsystem launching as this blog post is written.
Gabrielle concludes the interview with approval for CAST's IP subsystems approach, and best wishes for the future. We're looking forward to seeing her again at D&R Grenoble in November.