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
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Efficiently compress media or data with these high-performance hardware codecs.
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JPEG Still & Motion

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

Display Controllers

Device Controllers
smart card reader

NOR Flash Controllers
Parallel Flash for AHB
SPI Flash
Octal, XIP for AHB
Quad, XIP for AHB
Quad, XIP for AXI

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.

Ethernet MAC
• 1G eMAC Controller

Network Stacks
1G/10G UDP/IP stack
• Hardware RTP Stack
  – for H.264
  – for JPEG
• MPEG Transport Stream

Octal SPI
Quad SPI
Single SPI
SPI to AHB-Lite

Data Link Controllers
16450S, 16550S, 16750S

PCI Express
Family Overview
x1/x4, x8
application interface

PCI — Target
32-bit, 32-bit multi, 64-bit
PCI — Master
32-bit, 32-bit multi, 64-bit
PCI — Host Bridge
32 bit, 32 bit - AHB
32 bit & device - AHB

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)

CMOS or CCD sensor interface, delivering quality-optimized RGB or YUV images ready for display, compression or further processing

Processing Pipeline

  • Bayer Interpolation/De-mosaicing
  • RGB to YUV Conversion
  • Visual Quality Enhancements
    • White Balancing
    • Contrast Stretching (Normalization)
    • Gamma Correction
    • Sharpening Filter

Low-Power with Low Latency

  • Minimal buffering for low-latency and low-power operation
    • Only five lines of buffering under its full configuration (two for Bayer filtering, and three for image sharpening)
  • Optimized, small implementation requires less than 15,000 equivalent gates


  • Fine pipeline allows processing up to over 150 Mpixels/sec even in low-end silicon

Input/Output Formats

  • 10bit/sample Raster-Scan Bayer Input, 8bit/Sample-Raster-Scan YUV Output
  • Up to two Mpixels, optionally extendable for higher resolution


  • Robustly verified and production proven

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CAMFECamera Front-End Processor Core

The CAMFE Core implements a flexible, resource-efficient camera front-end processor that receives raw pixel data from a CMOS or CCD sensor and outputs a video stream ready for display, further processing, or compression.

The core first converts the Bayer pattern output from the sensor to an RGB image using an efficient de-mosaicing interpolation filter. The interpolated RGB samples are input to the White Balancing stage, which adjusts color intensities so they are appropriate for reproduction in a display. Under its full configuration, the core subsequently proceeds with further steps essential for optimizing the visual quality of the image, running RGB to YUV color space conversion, then performing Contrast Stretching (also called Normalization) and Gamma Correction, and finally applying a Sharpening Filter.

The CAMFE Core requires only a few lines of buffering and adds minimal processing latency. It features extremely low power consumption due to the absence of a power-consuming frame buffer and the core’s small silicon footprint (less than 15,000 gates). Furthermore, a fine-pipelined structure allows CAMFE to operate at high clock frequencies, and it can process over 150 Mpixels/sec even in low-end FPGAs.

The core is designed with industry best practices, and its reliability and low risk have been proven through both rigorous verification and customer production. Its deliverables include a complete verification environment and a bit-accurate software model.

CAMFE reference designs have been evaluated in a variety of technologies. See representative implementation results (in a new pop-up window):

ASIC numbers Altera numbers Xilinx numbers


The CAMFE is suitable for interfacing a CMOS or CCD sensor in a variety of applications that display, process or compress images such as medical imaging, surveillance, autonomous or unmanned vehicles, biometrics analysis, and video streaming.

Block Diagram

CAMFE Camera Front-End Processor IP Core Block Diagram

Example Output

Photos showing the image improvements made by the Camera Front End Processor (CAMFE) IP Core from CAST. with applications of Bayer Filter, White Balance, Contrast Stretching, Gamma Correction, and Sharpening Filter.

(Click to see a higher-resolution version.)


The core is available in ASIC (synthesizable HDL) and FPGA (netlist) forms, and includes everything required for successful implementation:



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