IP COREspondence September 2021

CAST COREspondence – Automotive & Functional Safety IP Cores
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CAST COREspondence
The IP Newsletter from CAST, Inc. — Sept. 30, 2021

Summer did not slow down for the CAST team: in this issue, we catch up with several product and partner updates from the past few months.

Our model of close relationships with expert developers has helped CAST outperform even some of the largest firms in the industry. This fall we mark our 20th year with one of these partners, the team at Fraunhofer IPMS. 

Fraunhofer’s scientists and engineers develop leading-edge technology that often takes the form of Silicon IP cores for automotive and other applications. CAST in turn provides product standards and practices for reusability, as well as handling marketing, sales, and front-line customer support. As with our other close IP partners, this model works quite well. In fact, most of this newsletter is about products we source from Fraunhofer IPMS.

I hope your own technical relationships and system development projects are going as well as ours; let me know if CAST IP might help.

--  Nikos, Zervas, CEO, [email protected], +1 201.391.8300

IP for Automotive Networks: 10BASE-T1S

CAST Low-Latency eMAC core gets 10BASE-T1S supportThe IEEE 802.3cg-2019 standard’s Amendment 5 specifies 10Mbps Ethernet over a simple, inexpensive, single twisted pair wire. Now you can readily integrate this cost-effective technology with the LLEMAC-1G Low-Latency 10/100/1000 Ethernet MAC we provide and its new support for half-duplex, shared-medium links at 10 or 100Mbit/s.

The LLEMAC-1G core’s new support for 10BASE-T1S Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) can help you replace CAN, LIN, or Flexray for lower-speed automotive data communications. The core also supports10BASE-T1 and 10BASE-T1L “long” for single-pair runs up to 1,000 meters, making it very useful in industrial settings.

Learn more on the LLEMAC-1G product page.

CAN-CTRL Core Succeeds in First
CiA Multi-Vendor Plugfest

Faunhofer CAN IP core succeeds in first CiA CAN XL PlugfestIn July, the CAN in Automation (CiA) industry group sponsored the first Plugfest for the new CAN XL protocol specification (CiA 610-1). 

CAST partner Fraunhofer IPMS brought an FPGA-based platform integrating the EMSA5-FS 32-bit Embedded RISC-V Functional Safety Processor with four instances of the CAN-CTRL core and a TSN-EP Ethernet Endpoint Controller.

The tests mimicked real-world conditions by combining all the participants’ boards in different topologies and at different bit rates. Participants tested traditional CAN and CAN FD signals in addition to CAN XL. 

In all cases, Fraunhofer’s CAN-CTRL CAN 2.0, CAN FD, and CAN XL Bus Controller core that we provide performed well, and the participants were satisfied with the results. Together with our previous plugfests and numerous successful customers using CAN 2.0 and CAN FD, these results suggest you can now also use the CAN-CTRL core for CAN XL with a significant degree of confidence.

Find more details, photos, and a link to the CiA report in our blog post.

Certified Development Tools for
RISC-V Functional Safety Processor

EMSA5-FS RISC processor for Functional Safety from CAST now supported in IAR's Embedded Workbench toolchainWe recently introduced the EMSA5-FS IP core, a RISC-V processor designed for Functional Safety. Using this processor in systems that require ISO 26262 safety certification is now even easier thanks to IAR Systems’ support of EMSA5-FS in their C/C+ development toolchain.

IAR’s Embedded Toolkit for RISC, Functional Safety Edition, has been certified by TÜV SÜD as complying with ISO 26262 and other functional safety standards. This certification validates the software development process and your final software, dramatically reducing the work you need to do to get your final EMSA5-FS based product safety certified.

Read more in this blog post.

Continued Partnering with Avery on
Automotive VIP

CAST and Avery deliver combined design and verificaition IP for CAN XL and TSN EthernetWe’ve worked with Avery Design Systems for thirteen years. This partnership ensures that our design IP and their verification IP work well together to benefit our many mutual customers.

We recently added a focus on integrated IP/VIP solutions for CAN XL and TSN Ethernet. As Avery’s VP Chris Browy said: 

“CAST has a long track record of providing reliable and accurate IP solutions to incorporate the latest automotive networking functionality in SoCs, and this expands our established partnership to deliver high-quality VIP to further accelerate the verification of these designs.”
Read more in the joint press release.

Customer Success:
Socionext ADAS & AD Systems

CAST IP cores help Socionext develop ADAS and AD SoCsSocionext, a leading SoC developer for customers worldwide, has been working with major automotive OEMs to develop Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and Autonomous Driving (AD) capabilities.

Socionext’s licensing of multiple CAST cores starting in 2016 has proven beneficial to these efforts:

“The sophisticated JPEG IP supporting 12bit encoding/decoding was suitable for the development of our high-resolution image processing engine. We chose the CAN FD from CAST due to the minimal risk and the proven results by a large number of customers. 
We now realize that our decision was very intelligent on all grounds.”

Get the full story in our blog post

Company Info

Upcoming Events 

CAST IP cores at DAC 2021  
Design Automation Conference:
DAC 58

Dec. 6 – 8, 2021
Moscone Conventions Center
San Francisco, Booth 1508


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