The CompanyCortus is a semiconductor IP company delivering processor and peripheral IP for the new wave of smart applications. With over 35 licensees, Cortus cores have been incorporated in high volume products in all the major regions of the world spanning a wide range of applications. For customer testimonials on a variety of applications click here.
Intelligent Connected Devices
The electronics industry is being transformed by a new wave of computational device. The transitions to the PC (1st wave) and mobile phone (2nd wave) changed the rules of the market and the same is happening again with the 3rd wave.
“The Internet of Things and other smart devices are rewriting the rules for developing systems-on-chip and fuelling huge growth for the semiconductor industry,” said Rich Wawrzyniak, senior analyst for ASIC & SoC at Semico Research. “IoT is creating a massive universe of connected intelligent devices that place stringent demands on processor IP and potentially represent much bigger unit numbers than the mobile market. What’s needed is a minimalist approach to power, silicon area and cost without sacrificing performance or security. This is what Cortus is doing and why Semico believes the company is well-positioned to meet the needs of this emerging market.”
The Cortus Product FamilyRecently, Cortus has announced its v2 instruction set which is aimed at applications with more complex firmware (>64 KB). Cortus has introduced two new products, based on the v2 ISA, developed specifically to meet the new requirements of today’s intelligent connected devices.
- The APS23 is aimed at low power intelligent connected devices such as always-on or always-listening systems and for wireless devices with less demanding clock frequencies
- The APS25 offers greater computational performance but outstanding code density for more complex systems. It is extendible and can be used in dual- or multi-core systems
“The Internet of Things is ushering in a huge transition for embedded processors where power, security and code size are critical,” said Loyd Case, Senior Analyst of The Linley Group. “We see a whole new set of requirements emerging for processor IP, especially when it comes to managing power and silicon area. The new Cortus cores and architecture do a good job of balancing between the complexity of the processor core and the size of the instruction memory, making them well suited for a broad range of industrial and consumer applications.”
For other applications Cortus offers four products addressing a wide range of embedded processing requirements
- The APS1, the world’s smallest native 32-bit processor core, is aimed at applications with limited code and data memory
- The APS3R offers outstanding energy efficiency due to its small silicon footprint yet good computational performance.
- The APS5 is a good basis for more complex embedded systems providing better integer performance and scalable performance through co-processors or multi-processing
- The FPS6 delivers excellent single precision floating point performance despite a very small silicon footprint
Cortus processor cores have been licensed by over 35 companies and have already been manufactured in over 700 million integrated circuits. Applications have included:
- Smart cards: including SIM cards & pay TV cards
- Security: including card, memory, encryption/decryption and smartphone applications
- Wireless: including Bluetooth, Bluetooth LE, WiFi and Wavenis
- Sensors: including automotive and imaging
- Touchscreen controllers: for tablets, smartphones and point of sale terminals
- Smart meters: for utility companies
- Industrial: sensor and control systems