The IP Industry: Mature Yet Ever-Expanding
This month we participated in both the oldest IP industry event—D&R’s IP-SoC —and the newest—REUSE 2016. This reflects the state of IP itself: the art and science of developing, packaging, and licensing great IP products is quite mature, but the applications and importance of IP are growing without apparent limit.
GZIP is a good example. It has long been familiar as a file compressor for desktop computer users. But today the high-performance, low-latency, area-efficient IP cores we offer are enabling new applications of GZIP in reducing power, memory, and bandwidth requirements from tiny IoT devices to massive data centers.
The CAN bus is another good example. We first introduced CAN IP in 2003. But with the boost in capacity and performance brought by the recent CAN FD “Flexible Data” spec, uses of CAN are growing rapidly, both automotive and in other areas like industrial. One-third of our CAN sales for 13 years have been in 2016, and the rate continues to grow.
These new applications for familiar technologies are exciting, but it’s the mature aspect of IP—the art and science—that make them viable in today’s complex systems. Get in touch and let’s talk about how the mature IP CAST offers can help you expand into new, competitive technologies.
— Nikos Zervas, CEO, +1 201.391.8300
CAN Bus Bundle: Design IP + Verification IP
In November we announced a new CAN IP bundle with our partner Avery Design Systems: license the CAN FD Bus Controller design IP from us, and get a month's use of Avery’s excellent CAN-Xactor verification IP package for free.
Available now through CAST, the CAN 2.0 and FD bundle with 30-day free VIP license is pre-configured to give system developers an immediate, “out of the box” way to evaluate the CAN IP against all applicable industry specifications. An easy, cost-effective license offered through CAST or Avery then allows developers to conveniently use the same VIP suite to verify the correct operation of the CAN bus as their system development progresses.
Read more in our CAN Bundle press release.
Customer Story: CEITEC Chooses 8051
CEITEC S.A. in Brazil is one of the most advanced semiconductor design and manufacturing firms in Latin America. They’re known for RFID chips for tracking things—animals, vehicles, blood products, and more—and for developing and manufacturing custom ASICs.
CEITEC has begun work on a new embedded security controller platform, and needs a processor that’s fast yet very low-power. Easy code development and system integration—and very loIt has loverall risk—are also important factors. They chose the MCS®51-compatible R8051XC2 IP Core we offer.
Marcus Kindel, ASIC design engineer and project manager for CEITEC, said:
“Our unique mission is to develop innovative microelectronic solutions meeting the needs of Brazil and the overall market, while also contributing to national development. This 8051 IP provides key features like an efficient power management unit, on-chip debug, and user-configurable peripherals, and combined with its high performance and ease of use satisfies our specific design requirements. Moreover, CAST’s long 8051 track record and effective support give us great confidence in this choice.”
We’ll be following their progress and will report when they deploy their completed system.
Conference Presentations: IoT, Video, and GZIP
We participated in two December IP industry events.
IP-SoC 2016 in Grenoble marked Design and Reuse’s twentieth year. We found this key gathering of the IP industry as worthwhile and stimulating as ever. See the interview with our chairman Hal Barbour to the right. Our Senior VP Bill FInch also gave a somewhat contrarian talk on “Back to the Future. The End of IoT.”
We were also pleased to be early sponsors of REUSE 2016. This inaugural event just for IP users and developers proved to be quite worthwhile, and it's expected to return next year. We presented two papers there.
Our CEO Dr. Nikos Zervas spoke on a topic close to his technical heart: “Choosing the Right IP Cores for Low-Latency Video Streaming.”
Our VP of Sales Meredith Lucky also spoke at REUSE, on modern applications of a familiar technology in “Using GZIP Data Compression to Reduce Power Consumption in IoT Devices.”
Easily Monitor, Control, and Upload Firmware to Your Device Over SPI
Problem You are designing a micro-controller or similar device and want to use a simple serial interface like SPI to upload firmware on boot, or to update the firmware from time to time. Sounds easy. But are you ready to write a boot-loading driver to do this over a typical SPI slave port? Things get more complicated if you have no non-volatile memory on chip, and even worse if an external host needs to monitor some register values and change others at run time.
Solution Plug our new SPI2AHB SPI to AHB-Lite Bridge IP core into your AHB bus, and get full access to the on-chip AHB bus via an SPI slave port.
The SPI2AHB Bridge implements a simple over-SPI protocol to receive specially-formed commands via the SPI slave port. It then translates the commands to read or write transactions on the AHB master port. So, in practice, you get full access to the device’s entire on-chip AHB bus address space via the simple SPI port!
The Bridge operates on its own, and presents itself as an AHB master, so no new drivers or overhead for your on-chip CPU are involved. You can even put the on-chip CPU to sleep while the external host uploads firmware or initializes registers in your peripherals.
More complex schemes would require an AHB matrix or arbitration of the AHB -Lite bus, but for the simple needs we’ve described, the SPI2AHB Bridge is the way to go.
In our next issue, read how you can easily gain access to your internal AHB bus via an Ethernet connection.
In this Issue:
• Mature Growth
• CAN Bundle
• CEITEC 8051
• How To: SPI Bridge
• Product Updates
• Upcoming Events
• Product Lists
Recent Product Updates
SPI2AHB SPI to AHB-Lite Bridge
Part of our AMBA Bus Peripherals IP group, this Bridge core gives you access to an internal AHB bus via a simple SPI interface. See the How To tip to the left for one of its applications.
H264-D-BP Low-Latency AVC/H.264 Baseline Profile Decoder Core
H264OIP-HDE H.264 Video Over IP – HD Encoder Subsystem
AES-P Programmable Advanced Encryption Standard Core
CAN-CTRL CAN 2.0 & CAN FD Bus Controller Core
At D&R's IP-SoC event in Grenoble, our Chairman Hal Barbour sat down to talk with D&R President Gabrielle Saucier about newer—and older—IP that CAST customers are using. Watch the five-minute video.
Embedded World 2017
March 14–16, 2017 Nuremberg, Germany
Modern Circuits and Systems Technologies (MOCAST)
4 - 6 May 2017, Thessaloniki Greece Our CEO Dr. NIkos Zervas is an invited keynote speaker, addressing “Ultra Low Latency Video Streaming.”
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