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Secure Processors
Geon - Protected Execution

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

Cache-Enabled Embedded
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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. — October 20, 2014

The “Internet of IP”?

I hope you made it to the Winchester Mystery House last week for the Silicon Valley IP Users Conference organized by Warren Savage and company (I was stuck on the East coast).

mobile elctronics graphicI wasn’t surprised to read in Tom Anderson’s excellent blog post on the event that predictions call for some 35 billion connected devices by 2020, each with its own SoC, most of which will be unique rather than standardized.

It’s easy to get burned out by the abundance of “IoT” hype these days. But it’s clear people will be designing a lot of different devices with diverse capabilities, all with a common need for low-power processing efficiency.

The IP we provide includes several great solutions to this need, from super-efficient graphics processors to lean IP network stacks to the greatest range of range of different image and video compression codecs available anywhere.

Microcontrollers and processors are of course central to this challenge, and we’re pleased to announce this week a great new IoT-ready member of the BA2x 32-bit processor line, the BA20 PipelineZero™ Embedded Processor.

What does PipelineZero mean? Read below, or better, give me a call or email — or see us at the Linley Processor Conference this Wednesday and Thursday — and I’ll be happy to tell you all about it.

Hal Barbour, CEO, +1 201.391.8300 ext. 111

Preview: a New Processor for IoT and Wearables

Later this week at the Linley Processor Conference, we’re announcing a new member of the BA2x™ line we source from Beyond Semiconductor: the BA20 PipelineZero™ 32-bit Embedded Processor (preview the news release, PDF).

The BA20 is designed specifically for systems needing great energy and performance efficiency but not requiring the high operating frequencies of three- and five-stage pipelined processors. It employs the rather “retro” seeming approach of using a zero-stage execution pipeline to deliver remarkable results ideal for wearable electronics, IoT sensors, and other mobile devices:

  • High Performance:
    3.04 DMIPS/MHz and 3.41 CoreMarks/MHz.
  • Small Silicon Area:
    0.01mm2 (in a 9-track 40G process).
  • Low Power Consumption:
    2µW/MHz (9-track 40G process).
  • Extreme Code Density:
    Matches or beats industry’s best.
  • Easy Software Development:
    Full IDE, debug/trace, libraries & drivers.

The BA20’s great performance efficiency means it saves energy by running at lower clock rates, doing more in less time, and sleeping more often. Its smaller silicon area means lower power leakage for greater savings while idle. It also benefits from the extreme code density and other competitive traits of the whole BA2x Family.

Dynamic frequency scaling and other power management techniques enable further savings. Options including a hardware multiplier/divider, floating point units, and a range of pre-integrated peripherals let you tune the BA20 for your specific system.

Available with royalty-free, cost-effective licensing in Verilog RTL or FPGA netlists, the BA20 PipelineZero Processor Core gets its public announcement Wednesday. But newsletter readers can click through to get an early look at the BA20 datasheet now.

And if you need greater capabilities in a low-power embedded 32-bit processor or a full-fledged application processor, be sure to check out the complete BA2x Processor Family.

BA2x and PipelineZero are trademarks of Beyond Semiconductor.

In this Issue:

•  The "I of IP"?

•  New MPU Preview

•  Events

•  8051 Partnership

•  Product Updates

Upcoming Events

Linley Processor Conference October 22 - 23, 2014
Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA
Presentation, Wednesday, 1:20pm


IP-Embedded System Conference & Exhibition
November 5 - 6, 2014
Grenoble, France
Panel Discussions:
IoT Wonderland for IP based Electronic Systems
What is the most efficient distribution scheme for an IP Providers and IP Consumers?


DesignCon 2015
January 27 - 30, 2015
Santa Clara Convention Center
Booth 320


Embedded World 2015 Exhibition and Conference
February 24 - 26, 2015
Nuremberg, Germany
Booth 2-501

New 8051 Partnership with IAR Systems

IAR Systems logoThe powerful, user-friendly, and highly effective compiler and debugging tools from IAR Systems are growing fast in popularity, and we’re happy to have started a new partnership with them around our 8051 microcontroller cores. Watch for specific announcements coming soon, and meanwhile check out the excellent IAR Embedded Workbench® embedded development toolchain.

Recent Product Updates

New benchmark results have been posted for most members of the BA2x Processor Family.

The BA22-RT was renamed to better reflect its capabilities as the BA22-CE Cache-Enabled Embedded Processor.

The Think2.5D gained support for FreeRTOS uGFX drivers and the ThinkLCD-ML for RTOS.

The UDPIP-1G/10G UDP/IP Hardware Protocol Stack Core added support for jumbo frames.

Two new products introduced:
• the MTS-E MPEG Transport Stream Multiplexing & Encapsulation Engine
• the BA20 PipelineZero 32-bit Embedded Processor

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