The IP newsletter from CAST, Inc. — March 30, 2011
Our success in the competitive IP business is due in part to a unique aspect of the CAST approach: we complement our internally developed IP with IP from the very best development experts around the world, and establish deep, enduring partnerships with them. And whether the IP is created by CAST or by a partner, a single license and support infrastructure is provided to customers worldwide.
We're now adding a new such partner to the CAST team: Trilinear Technologies.
Trilinear has focused on image and video processing IP for challenging applications since 2005. We'll be bringing Trilinear's deep suite of silicon-proven IP cores to CAST customers worldwide, and also tapping the company's development systems, application or integration services, and more.
We'll be merging the new Trilinear-sourced products into the CAST product line over the next few months. This will give us new video decoders, image scalers, and more, to complement our existing video and image IP family.
As with all CAST products, CAST people will be your main interface for IP selection help, integration advice, and front-line support. But we'll also have the rich depth of Trilinear's engineering group available to help you when needed.
Please join me in welcoming Trilinear to the CAST team. And let me know if you may have a need for any of these upcoming new cores.
-- Hal Barbour, President, +1 201.391.8300 ext. 111
Systems using powerful functions like our H.264 video encoder need especially good memory interfaces. We're constantly working to improve the SDIO Host and other controllers we offer, and are about to announce new features for our NAND Flash controller.
This fifth-generation core conforms to ONFi 2.2 and runs significantly faster than the previous version.
A new configurable BCH engine does rapid, on-the-fly error correction of up to 64 bits per page, allowing high-bandwidth access to the memory even in the presence of errors. Several options further reduce software overhead and unload the system processor, including AES encryption, bad-block management, and multi-page transfer, all in hardware.
Our NANDFLASH-CTRL datasheet page already includes the new features; watch for our press announcement coming soon.
One of the challenges working with PCI Express is understanding and managing the Transaction Packet Layer.
We previosly developed a higher-level, Application Interface (AIF) for our PCIe controller cores that simplifies integration by managing the TPL for you. (See our Embedded Computer Design article PDF for details).
Now the PCIEXPAIF Interface Core we recently announced gives you this same easier development and integration when using the PCIe hard macros available from Altera® and Xilinx®.
Embedding an extensible DMA engine and relieving you of the need to directly manage the low-level activity, this core helps you focus at the more productive application level. Once you connect your PCIe controller through the AIF to your SoC bus, you're ready to access PCIe just like any other memory-mapped module.
On the sytem bus side, the core supports the 32- and 64-bit versions of the open source Wishbone Bus, and the AMBA® AHB™, AXI™ and AXI4 buses.
The Altera version is compatible with Altera Cyclone® IV GX, Arria® II GX, Stratix® IV GX, and Stratix V GX devices.
The Xilinx version is compatible with Virtex®-5, Virtex-6 and Spartan®-6 devices.
We can also support for additional buses, vendors, or device families: just call (+1 201.391.8300) or email to let us know what you need.
We're proud to join the Hellenic Semiconductor Industry Association (HSIA).
Pixel Velocity uses our JPEG core is their Pixel Video Fusion™ high-def security cameras. They said:
“CAST provided a robust JPEG solution that allowed Pixel Velocity to reduce its development time to get to market faster. CAST provided all the necessary tools to validate the solution in software, accelerating the development process of Pixel Velocity personnel.
The integration of the CAST JPEG core with the Pixel Velocity system was easy.The CAST personnel were always available to offer support and answer questions.”
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