Digital IP Cores
and Subsystems

Our family of microcontroller and microprocessor related cores includes capable and competitive 32-bit BA22s and the best-available set of proven 8051s.

32-bit Processors
BA2x Family Overview

Secure Processors
Geon - Protected Execution

Application Processors
BA25 Adv. App. Processor
BA22 Basic App. Processor

Cache-Enabled Embedded
BA22 Cache-Embedded

Embedded Processors
BA22 Deeply Embedded
BA21 Low Power
BA20 PipelineZero

Processor-Based AMBA® Subsystems
Family Overview
AHB Low-Power
AHB Performance/Low-Power
AXI Custom Performance

AMBA Bus Infrastructure Cores
See Peripherals Cores >

Efficiently compress media or data with these high-performance hardware codecs.
• See the video and image compression Family Page

JPEG Still & Motion

Easily integrate memories, peripherals, and hardware networking stacks into SoCs.

Display Controllers

Device Controllers
smart card reader

NOR Flash Controllers
Parallel Flash for AHB
SPI Flash
Octal, XIP for AHB
Quad, XIP for AHB
Quad, XIP for AXI

Legacy Peripherals
DMA Controllers
8237, 82380
16450S, 16550S, 16750S

Quickly complete the standard parts of your SoC with these memory and peripheral controllers, interfaces, and interconnect cores.

Ethernet MAC
• 1G eMAC Controller

Network Stacks
1G/10G UDP/IP stack
• Hardware RTP Stack
  – for H.264
  – for JPEG
• MPEG Transport Stream

Octal SPI
Quad SPI
Single SPI
SPI to AHB-Lite

Data Link Controllers
16450S, 16550S, 16750S

PCI Express
Family Overview
x1/x4, x8
application interface

PCI — Target
32-bit, 32-bit multi, 64-bit
PCI — Master
32-bit, 32-bit multi, 64-bit
PCI — Host Bridge
32 bit, 32 bit - AHB
32 bit & device - AHB

These encryption cores make it easy to build security into a variety of systems.

AES, programmable
Key Expander

DES single
DES triple

Hash Functions
SHA-3 (Keccak)

About IP Provider CAST, Inc.

CAST develops, sells, and supports semiconductor IP (intellectual property) for electronic system designers.

Engineers use our pre-designed and pre-verified IP Cores and Platform IP products to save development time and add functionality beyond their areas of expertise.

IP from CAST and similar firms has enabled the design reuse methodology popular in recent years as a means for handling rising design complexity and decreasing time to market.

Keys to CAST's IP Business Success

Over the past decade and a half, hundreds of small IP companies have been started to capitalize on the design reuse methodology. It turned out, though, that making good, reusable IP -- and building a successful business doing so -- is pretty hard, and few of these firms are still alive.

CAST continues to thrive, and is a leader in our tier of the IP industry. Today we offer distinct advantages to our customers, built on lessons we've learned since our founding in 1993:

The satisfaction we derive from helping hundreds of customers achieve success through the years is the motivating factor behind our technical and busiess decisions.

A Customer-Focused, Engineering-Oriented Organization

CAST is self-funded, and owned by its founders and core employees.

We use a virtual organization approach.

Our core group of employees is supplemented by outsourced services (i.e. accounting, marketing communications) and complemented by a large global team and relationships with key industry partners.

Every CAST employee either is or has been a practicing engineer. This technical culture helps us align with our customers better than is possible in a multi-level, sales-oriented organization.

A Broad yet Deep Semiconductor IP Product Line

Our IP Cores cover a broad range of popular and standards-based functions. Our Platform IP combines multiple cores with essential software to give you a platform on which to build your system.

CAST IP is available in synthesizable RTL for ASICs, or optimized netlists for FPGAs and Structured ASICs. Our licensing is simple, with no royalties, and single-use or multi-use project licenses and other options to fit your needs. One license, for example, can cover a core's FPGA version for prototyping and then its ASIC version for production.

Our product line includes buses and interfaces, microcontrollers and processors, peripherals, memory controllers, and other functions you might need. We have several areas of special expertise; for example, we're the leading supplier of 8051 cores, and we offer very fast, very small, and very affordable variations. Image and video compression is another strength: we offer more varieties of JPEG compression than any other vendor.

To facilitate system integration, our cores offer a simple, well-documented system interface or optional standard interfaces like AMBA, Wishbone, and OCP. CAST IP deliverables include rigorous documentation, test benches, synthesis and simulation scripts, example designs, and bit-accurate simulation models (BAMs) as appropriate. Application Platforms, prototyping boards, and other integration aids are also available.

A Fanatical Commitment to Customer Satisfaction

Our customer commitment begins with the quality we build into every product. A 90-day warranty with 30 days of support ensures initial satisfaction; other maintenance and support options cover you longer.

Our virtual/home office approach and international partner network give CAST IP customers a rare level of technical support. Your questions are answered quickly and correctly, and we strive to never let IP issues slow your development schedule.

We also understand that choosing IP before purchase is not easy. With a broader range of diverse customers and applications than most IP vendors enjoy, we are ready to help you determine which cores best meet your specific system needs.


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