CAST's 25th Anniversary
We recently had the pleasure of celebrating CAST’s twenty-fifth year in operation. We've thrived this long as many other IP firms have come and gone through a commitment to making silicon IP both truly reusable and extremely cost-effective.
Our product line has certainly evolved over the past twenty-five years. Today we offer a range of standards-based IP fundamental to most system designs, and also several advanced solutions that are increasingly critical to particular application areas. This twenty-fifth anniversary newsletter takes a brief look at some of our product stand-outs.
For more on our history and my personal perspective, please see the blog post CAST at Twenty-Five. For more on our products and how they can benefit you, please visit our website, or contact Sales or I at any time.
— Nikos Zervas, CEO, +1 201.391.8300
CAST PRODUCT LINE OVERVIEW
Our broad line of IP includes processors and controllers; data, image, and video compression; peripherals; interconnects; and security functions. Visit our website to see them all, complete with technical product briefs, sample implementation results, and info on reference designs, verification IP, and other aids that can help you quickly find and evaluate what you need.
Here we look at several highlights within that product line, IP that CAST customers have found especially effective for differentiating their products.
Lossless Data Compression
The GZIP/ZLIB/Deflate compatible lossless compression/decompression engines we offer have proven to be extremely beneficial in the fast-growing data center market. They deliver a significant reduction in data size with negligible latency and low power consumption, providing huge savings of bandwidth, storage, and energy in any data-hungry application. They are available as cores, pre-integrated subsystems, and ready-to-plug-in boards.
CAST’s early reputation was built on superior 8051 microcontrollers, which have surprising applications in today’s IoT and other very low power systems. The 32-bit BA2X™ family of processors we provide ranges from fast, low-power controllers though full application processors. All match the feature and performance of the best processors out there, yet are available with royalty-free licensing.
In this Issue:
• 25th Anniversary
• Product Highlights
• Ethernet TSN News
• Upcoming Events
• Product Lists
Xilinx Developer Forum Frankfurt
December 10, 2018
Frankfurt Marriott Hotel
Feb. 26–28, 2019
Brochure with Products List
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Advanced Automotive & Industrial Buses
The most reliable CAN FD Controller core you can get is the one from CAST. We were the first to offer a full CAN FD soft core and continue to lead in this area. We’ve run the CAN Controller through more sanctioned plugfests than our competitors, have a large base of customer installations, and have an experienced sales and engineering team ready to help you quickly and successfully build CAN FD based automotive and industrial systems.
We’re moving similarly on the next promising technology, Automotive Ethernet. The Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) subsystem we offer combines a timing synchronizer, traffic shaper, and low-latency Ethernet MAC to enable safe, reliable, prioritized communication in data-heavy automotive and industrial control systems.
Most significant to potential users: this TSN IP is already reliable and ready to run, having successfully undergone multiple IIC and LNI 4.0 industry plugfests, and with a real-world customer base that’s growing fast. (See more below).
Fast, Lightweight Networking
Today’s challenge of nearly every electronic product needing to be connected is well met by the Network Stacks we offer. In particular, our 40 Gbit UDPIP Stack has proven to be a fast and lean alternative to TCP/IP for scores of CAST customers doing IoT and other applications where simpler and much quicker networking is preferred over TCP/IP.
Image & Video Compression
Another historic CAST strength, today our Image & Video IP family features a variety of still- and motion-image encoders and decoders—including the highly-efficient lossless/near-lossless JPEG-LS—plus video codecs designed for extremely low latency and small gate count.
TIME SENSITIVE NETWORKING NEWS
The TSN Ethernet Subsystem for Automotive and Industrial Applications we announced several months ago has now been exercised and tested through multiple plugfests that emulate the real world.
In July and August, engineers from CAST's development partner Fraunhofer IPMS ran the end point subsystem with nodes from multiple other vendors at the IIC and LNI 4.0 Plugfests in Germany.
“We found that our design performed extremely well and is definitely market-ready, while also gaining insights that will help our customers have even smoother TSN deployment experiences," said Frank Deicke,
business unit manager for Wireless Microsystems at Fraunhofer IPMS.
Testing continued recently, with the TSN Subsystem undergoing October IIC and TSN 4.0 plugfests, and joining the demo walls of both groups at the November SPS IPC Drives show in Nuremberg.
For CAST customers, all this real world like testing means that even though Ethernet with TSN for automotive and industrial buses is an emerging technology, the IP available from CAST is already proven to be robust and reliable.
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