Corporate Fact Sheet
Developing, distributing, and supporting semiconductor intellectual property (IP) products that reduce costs and enable quicker time to market for producers of electronic products.
- Focus on popular and standards-based IP cores. Offer both competitive prices and the best available customer support. Avoid debt, operate lean, exploit the Web, outsource services, and employ international development partners.
CAST was formed in 1993 with an initial focus on intellectual property in the form of simulation models. The company evolved as design methodologies changed, and began offering IP cores in 1996.
With its lean operation model, CAST has a nearly flat organization of mostly design engineers; outsources most non-engineering functions; uses a distributed office network; and teams with international development and distribution partners who are experts in their respective areas. The company is US-based and has a development branch in the Czech Republic.
- Hal Barbour, Chairman of the Board
Nikos Zervas, Chief Executive Officer
Bill Finch, Senior VP
Newton Abdalla, VP Operations
Meredith Lucky, VP Sales
CAST reduces time to market for electronics companies engaged in three main applications: development of system-on-chip (SoC) designs and using IP cores for nonproprietary portions of the product; enhancement of existing printed circuit board products and their consolidation to chips; and extension of life for existing products through obsolete parts replacement.
Direct sales; local sales partners in regions around the world (see list on the website).
IP Cores — broad range of over 100 standard protocols and expert functions for custom and structured ASICs and for FPGAs, including 8-, 16-, and 32-bit processors, bus and network controllers, image and video compression, encryption functions, serial communications devices, peripheral controllers, and basic logic blocks. Subsystem IP — pre-integrated cores and essential software, including application platforms and processor system platforms.
IP Integration — Custom modifications and contract development of IP cores and platform IP products.
Over 2,000 products sold to more than 800 customers—including telecommunications, automotive, computer, industrial control, military, and other electronics producers—with millions of shipping product units.
IP Technology Partners: Beyond Semiconductor (Slovenia), Fraunhofer HHI (Germany), Fraunhofer IPMS (Germany), Nolam Embedded Systems (USA); Ocean Logic Pty Ltd (Australia), Sandgate Technologies (USA), Silesia Devices Sp. z o.o. (Poland), SoC Solutions, a Silvaco Company (USA).
Semiconductor Providers: Altera Corp., ARM Ltd., GigOptix, Inc., Lattice Semiconductor Corp., Microsemi Corp., Xilinx, Inc.
Industry Associations & Portals: CAN in Automation (CIA), Chip Estimate (a division of Cadence Corp.), CoreStore, Design and Reuse, Hellenic Semiconductor Industry Association (HSIA)
VIP, EDA, and System Development Partners: Aldec, Inc., Avery Design Systems, Inc., Cadence Design Systems, Inc., CMX Systems, Inc., Codasip, IAR Systems, Keil Software (an ARM Company), Mentor Graphics, nFocal, Inc., QuickAlliance, SMH Technologies, Solarflare Communications, Inc., Synplicity (a Synopsys Business Group), TASKING (a division of Altium Ltd.)
Mixed-Signal Partners: Genesys Logic, Inc., JMicron Technology Corp., MOAI Electronics Corporation, Richnex Technology Co., Ltd., SMSC, Toppan Technical Design Center Co., Ltd. (TDC)
Sales Partners: Advanced Semiconductor Technology Ltd. (AST), BP&M Representações, Incusolution, Maojet Technology, Picosem Technologies Pvt Ltd., Pinnacle Design Systems, Ltd., Spinnaker Systems, UnivEDA, Vector Co. Ltd.
CAST is a trademark of CAST, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their owners.