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 for a media compression overview.

 H.264 Video Decoders
Low Latency Constrained
  Baseline Profile

Low-Power Constrained
  Baseline Profile

 H.265 HEVC Decoders
Main Profile

Companion Cores
Image Processing
CAMFE Camera Processor
Network Stacks
40G UDPIP Stack
1G/10G UDPIP Stack
• Hardware RTP Stack
  – for H.264
  – for JPEG
IEEE 802.1AS Time Sync.

IEEE 802.1Qav & 802.1Qbv

• MPEG Transport Stream

JPEG Still & Motion

Lossless & Near-Lossless

Lossless Data Compression
GZIP Compressor
GUNZIP Decompressor
GZIP Reference Designs
    • for Intel FPGAs
    • for Xiinx FPGAs

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

Display Controllers

Device Controllers
smart card reader

Flash Controllers
Parallel Flash
Parallel Flash for AHB
Universal Serial NOR/NAND
   Flash for AHB

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.

Octal/Quad/Dual/Single SPI
Quad SPI
Single SPI
SPI to AHB-Lite

Master/Slave Controller
Master/Slave VIP
Master  • Slave

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)

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The IP newsletter from CAST, Inc. — November 28, 2011

Consider CAST

As we begin our 18th year providing semiconductor IP, we at CAST are thankful to be in an unusually positive position.

The IP market has matured, and is relatively stable and well understood. The flurry of non-serious—or at least, non-successful—small firms looking to cash in on the "intellectual property" craze is behind us. Most providers today either focus on a specific technology (ARM on processors, for example), or offer a broad array of standards-based cores (Synopsys, for example).

But CAST is successful with a unique strategy that gives IP customers the best of these two different approaches.

For specialty IP, we're 8051 leaders (with over 100 customers, many multiple-product), our new 32-bit processor core beats ARM for many applcations, our H.264 encoder surpasses most on image quality, we carry more JPEG flavors than anyone else, and our NAND Flash memory controller consistenly achieves design wins.

Yet on the broad front, we also offer most of the other IP you need to build complete systems, including I/Os, peripherals, encryption, image and video scalers and other functions, and audio interfaces. We're even ahead of the emerging "IP subsystems" curve, with platforms ranging from embedded Ethernet controllers to full HW/SW system designs.

What makes this strategy really work, though, isn't so much CAST's particular products, but rather our particular people.

Everyone in CAST is or was a practicing engineer, and most have been with the company for five or ten or more years. Our sales people—including the best local representatives around the world—have dealt with a hugely diverse mix of customer and project needs, and it seems like we've done customer support for every application possible.

For product development, we complement our in-house IP engineering experts with close, enduring partnerships with amazing IP developers around the world, each a technology leader in their own areas of expertise. This gives customers dual advantages: they get the reuse necessities of standardized, high-quality, rigorously-packaged and -supported IP products, plus the bits of IP design genius they can incorporate to make their own products highly competitive.

So, whatever your next IP needs may be, I think it’s likely you’ll benefit from considering CAST.

We'll understand your technical and project needs—possibly even better than you do—and won't try to sell you IP that doesn't fit. And when our products do match your needs, no other IP team in the world will work harder to make sure you're a success.

And that's the positive position I mentioned earlier. CAST has operated much the same way for 18 years, but the IP industry maturing around us makes our approach seem better for customers than ever before. Consider giving me a call to see how CAST might benefit you.

-- Hal Barbour, President, +1 201.391.8300 ext. 111

NAND Flash Controller Updates & Webinar

The sixth-generation version of our NAND FLASH Controller Core is now available. New features include support for Toggle-Mode and ClearNAND devices, and readiness for ONFI 3.0. Read more in our news release >>>

Reaching the full data transfer speeds that new memory devices enable isn't as easy as just choosing a fast controller like ours. Potential bottlenecks in your system design include I/O limitations, the impact of die and channel architecture on read/write speed, and error correction code (ECC) implementation. Learn more about these issues and how to avoid them in our November 30th NAND Flash design webinar.

BA22 Breakfast Seminar at DesignCon

Interest in our new 32-bit processor core is strong, and we're running a seminar at DesignCon to introduce more people to it:

A New 32-bit Choice: Using the BA22 Processor Core in Deeply Embedded Systems or as a Full Application Processor

BA22 32-bit Processor SeminarThe BA22 family of 32-bit processor cores gives you a new, royalty-free, highly-competitive choice for a wide range of SoC applications. In this free breakfast seminar, we'll:

  • Show how the BA22's class-leading code density enables high performance with unmatched levels of area and power savings,
  • Demonstrate the BA22 programming environment and ecosystem, and
  • Illustrate the BA22's benefits with examples of customer products already using core.

The seminar is Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012, 8:30 - 10:30 am
at the TechMartt next to the Santa Clara Convention Center. Please register in advance to reserve your space.

In this Issue:


NAND Flash Controller Application Webinar by CAST

Free webinar:
How to Achieve the Highest NAND Flash Application Data Rate

November 30, 2011, 1:00 pm EST

Upcoming ONFI 3.0 memory devices will run as fast as 400 MT/s. But system design bottlenecks can reduce actual I/O performance. We’ll show you how to avoid the worst of these, including I/O limitations, the impact of die and channel architecture on read/write speed, and choosing the best error correction code (ECC) implementation.
Learn more and register in advance.

Conferences and Exhibits


See Hal Barbour and Bill Finch at an IP-SOC panel discussion

SOCIP 2011
December 7-8, 2011, Grenoble, France
Panel with CAST's Hal Barbour and Bill FInch: FPGAs addressing new markets with the 44 and 28 nm devices, Wednesday, 1:30 - 3:00


CAST IP Cores at DesignCon 2012

DesignCon 2012
January 31 – February 1, 2012
Santa Clara, California
Booth 739, BA22 Demo & Seminar (see article to the left).

Recent Events

X-Day, Israel, Nov. 6, 2011 — Presentation by Nikos Zervas: Cost-Effective System Continuation using Xilinx FPGAs and Legacy Processor IP

X-day slides

Current Products

Download list of CAST IP Cores & Platforms

Download a product list

Recent Product Updates

  • New MPEG2-TS-D Transport Stream Decoder
  • Revised NANDFLASH-CTRL NAND FLash Controller Core
  • New software driver available for the ATAIF ATA/IDE Interface Core

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