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
WDR/HDR
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.
   Stack

IEEE 802.1Qav & 802.1Qbv
   Stack

• MPEG Transport Stream
  Mux

JPEG Still & Motion
Encoders
Baseline
Extended
Ultra-Fast
Decoders
Baseline
Extended
Ultra-fast

JPEG-LS
Lossless & Near-Lossless
Encoder
Decoder

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
TFT LCD

Device Controllers
smart card reader

Flash Controllers
Parallel Flash
Parallel Flash for AHB
Serial NOR/NAND Flash
Octal, XIP, DMA for AHB
Octal, XIP for AHB
Quad, XIP for AHB
Quad, XIP for AXI

Legacy Peripherals
DMA Controllers
8237, 82380
UARTs
16450S, 16550S, 16750S
Timer/Counter
8254

Quickly complete the standard parts of your SoC with these memory and peripheral controllers, interfaces, and interconnect cores.

SPI
Octal/Quad/Dual/Single SPI
XIP & DMA for AHB
XIP for AHB
Quad SPI
XIP & DMA for AHB
XIP for AHB
XIP for AXI
Master/Slave
Single SPI
Master/Slave
Bridges
SPI to AHB-Lite

I2C & SMBUS
Master/Slave Controller
Master/Slave VIP
I2C
Master  • Slave

Data Link Controllers
• SDLC & HDLC
UARTs
16450S, 16550S, 16750S

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
AES, programmable
  CCM, GCM, XTS
Key Expander

DES
DES single
DES triple

Hash Functions
SHA-3 (Keccak)
SHA-256
SHA-1
MD5

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Recent news summary page

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Key 8051 Stats

Up to 69.7x DMIPS/MHz of original 80c51 (26.9x for 8-bit)

Up to 500 MHz

Power usage from 0.021 mW/MHz

Area from 6k gates

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News Resurgence in 8051 Microcontroller Applications Drives New IP Cores Sales for CAST

WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ USA, May 25 2018

Semiconductor intellectual property provider CAST, Inc. has seen a significant upswing in licenses for the venerable 8051 microcontroller, as today’s designers rediscover that the simplicity, low-power operation, small silicon area, and relatively inexpensive cost of this 8-bit MCU are an excellent match for the demands of many modern products. Specifically, in just the first quarter of 2018, CAST 8051 licenses were up by 30% compared to all of 2017, and reached their highest level for the last twelve years.

cast 8051 product iconCAST first introduced 8051 IP cores in 1997, marked its 200th license in 2013, and has continued healthy sales since then. Early applications ranged “from washing machines to space probes,” and today 8051s from CAST have been in hundreds of thousands of shipped customer products.

Continuous improvements over twenty years led to performance many times greater than envisioned by the 8051’s architects, while retaining compatibility with the original MCS-51 instruction set architecture. Silicon area and memory requirements have shrunk with IP maturity, and improvements to configurability, deliverables, and packaging have simplified 8051 development, integration, and testing. There is also a full ecosystem of evaluation options, programming tools, debugging hardware, reference design boards, and more, making the 8051s available from CAST some of the easiest MCUs to use.

Today these benefits make modern 8051 IP cores an excellent solution for Internet of Things and other applications with constrained power availability. One CAST customers’ wireless communications SoC, for example, operates strictly by harvesting the energy it needs from the environment. Designers today also value the reliability of the 8051 and use it in automotive, industrial, and space applications. New designs use 8051s in a variety of roles such as a power-management controller; the control and calibration engine for sensors, analog front ends, and high-speed serial interfaces; or the processor executing low-level software stacks for wireless and other communication protocols. Beyond the technical advantages, CAST’s royalty-free licensing makes its 8051s especially attractive for high volume applications.  

“8051 compatibles have been a mainstay of the CAST IP product line for two decades,” said Nikos Zervas, chief executive officer for CAST. “We had thought 32-bit processors like our BA2X line would eventually replace the 8051s, but we’re excited to continue providing—and improving—these 8-bit wonders for designers who find them a great solution for a whole new set of system design challenges.”

About the 8051-Compatible MCU Family

The 8051-Compatible Microcontroller IP Cores Family available from CAST is a cost-effective range of MCS-51 conforming 8- and 16-bit microcontrollers with a variety of options for performance, size, peripherals, and configurability. It includes some of the fastest and the smallest such cores available, plus integrated hardware debugging options, reference designs and hardware/software evaluation boards, and support by leading software development environments, 

The 8051 MCU IP cores are sourced from Silesia Devices, whose engineers created some of the first such cores ever developed and are today world-leading experts in MCS-51 microcontrollers and related systems. Learn more at www.silesia-devices.com.   

About CAST

In addition to the 8051 family, CAST offers extreme-low-power 32-bit BA2X™ processors; industry-leading automotive interfaces and data compression solutions; a range of video and image processing functions; and a variety of peripherals, interfaces, security, and other IP cores. CAST IP features easy integration and reuse, royalty-free licensing, and availability for ASICs (RTL) or FPGAs (netlists) from all leading silicon providers. Learn more by visiting www.cast-inc.com, emailing info@cast-inc.com, or calling +1 201.391.8300. 

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CAST, Inc., 50 Tice Blvd, Suite 340, Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677 USA • phone: +1 201.391.8300

CAST is a trademark of CAST, Inc. BA2X is a trademark of Beyond Semiconductors. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

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