IP COREspondence June 17, 2022

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CAST COREspondence
The IP Newsletter from CAST, Inc. — June 17 2022

We’ve been busy adding new IP and additional features — see the articles below — and look forward to sharing them with many of you in person at Embedded World or DAC. 

Our booth at EW is next to the Fraunhofer IPMS booth, which is convenient as we’ll be celebrating two milestones with them: the 20th year of our successful partnership and winning the Product of the Year award in Elektronik magazine’s Automotive category. 

The award is for the EMSA5-FS Functional Safety Embedded RISC-V Processor, just one of the advanced IP cores we’ll be highlighting at EW and DAC.

The celebration at EW includes a booth-side beer party at 4:00 PM Wednesday (22 June), to which everyone is invited.

Stop by then for a drink, or any time at EW and DAC, to learn about some of the best IP products and IP teams you'll find anywhere. Or give me a call or email any time, and we can talk.
--  Nikos, Zervas, CEO, [email protected], +1 201.391.830

CAST and Fraunhofer IPMS Celebrate a 20-Year Partnership and Product of the Year Award 

CAST & Fraunhofer IPMS mark 20th anniversary of their partnership with a Product of the Year award for the EMSA5-FS RISC-V processor IP coreResearch and development organization Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS) and reusable IP pioneer CAST signed their first joint contract — for the CAN Bus Controller IP core — in 2002.

The partnership grew, producing some of the earliest-to-market and most-tested IP for the CAN bus, Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) Ethernet, and most recently, the EMSA5-FS Functional Safety Embedded RISC-V Embedded Processor.

We were honored to learn that the readers of Elektronik Magazine voted the EMSA5-FS to be the publication's 2022 Product of the Year in the Automotive category. As mentioned above, we’ll be celebrating this win at Embedded World, and everyone is invited.

Learn more about our 20-year partnership in this press release and the processor on the EMSA5-FS product page. 

QOI Lossless Image Compression Codecs

CAST offers the first QOI lossless image compression codec IP coresWe’ve been a leader in lossless image compression for several years, offering JPEG-LS hardware codecs that customers have used in space, military, and other critical application areas.

Now there’s a new lossless compression format that requires tremendously simpler computation resources while still producing good compression results. Called QOI, the Quite Okay Image format was invented in late 2021 by game developer Dominic Szablewski, who sought results like PNG but with simpler hardware and much faster processing. Sourced from partner Ocean Logic, we are proud—and excited—to offer the first IP cores for this potentially revolutionary lossless format.

Learn more in our press release, product page, or first-look white paper.

More Lossless Image Compression with New PNG Codec Cores

CAST offers PNG lossless image compression IP coresContinuing the expansion of our image compression leadership, we recently shipped the PNG-D PNG Lossless Compression Decoder core. Sourced from new partner IObundle, the hardware decoder fully supports the standard, making it one of the most versatile PNG decoders available. We expect to release a matching PNG Encoder core soon.

See more in the recent press release or product page. ►

White Paper: Comparing Lossless Image Compression Formats

JPEG2000. JPEG-LS. PNG. And now QOI. Confused about which lossless image format to use for which applications? Make a wiser choice after reading this technical article by our Dimitrios Bozikas:

Cache Controller Core Now Supports AHB5

CAST's Cache Controller IP core now supports AMBA AHB5For many years designers have found our CACHE-CTRL AHB Cache Controller to be effective for adding single or multilevel cache memory to systems that use cache-less ASIPs, DSPs, or embedded processors. ARM’s Cortex-M and our BA20 Pipeline Zero are prime examples.

Our partner Silesia Devices recently added support for AMBA® AHB5, the Advanced High-Performance Bus. This enables you to use the CACHE-CTRL with the latest processor cores while gaining all the security features of AHB5. It can be an excellent solution for many embedded designs and low-latency SoCs, including wearables, IoT, and other applications.

Learn more and see sample ASIC and FPGA implementation results on the CACHE-CTRL product page. ►

IP Roadmap

Upcoming IP cores from CASTWe are not taking this summer off! We expect to release this new IP in the next two quarters:
  • TCP/IP networking cores supporting 1/10 Gigabits per second initially, then 40G/100G,
  • New security cores, including cores for CANsec and MACsec, 
  • an expansion of our MIPI I3C line , and
  • a couple of surprises that we would rather not disclose at this time.
Watch for these announcements, or if you can’t wait, email us at [email protected] for an early preview.

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CAST IP cores at Embedded World 2022  
Embedded World 2022
June 21, 2022 – June 23, 2022
Exhibition Centre, Nuremberg, German

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59th DAC
July 11, 2022 – July 13, 2022
Moscone West Center, San Francisco
Booth 1506


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