Processor IP from Cortus gains IP stack and RTOS support

February 25, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
IP provider Cortus – source of small-footprint and efficient 32-bit processor cores – has added three software partners enabling the APS architecture to be used in a broader range of embedded and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

The ports include a dual IP v4/v6 stack from Oryx Embedded, secure point-to-point connection software from Nabto and an IDE and real-time operating system from Blunk Microsystems. These ports join the recent addtion of Micrium uC/OSIII and, says the company, increases the attractiveness of the core for connected intelligent devices with an enhanced choice of IDE, middleware and RTOS.

CycloneTCP, from Oryx Embedded, is a dual IPv4/IPv6 stack dedicated to embedded applications and offers complete interoperability with existing TCP/IP systems. By supporting IPv6, CycloneTCP eases deployment of next-generation Internet for Cortus-based integrated circuit designs.

Nabto’s device software offers Cortus licensees the ability to create a secure link from device to device, irrespective of the internet transport steps btween; Cortus describes the connection as “Skype-like” - secure point-to-point connectivity from devices to smartphones, PCs and big data systems. The Nabto device software with a tiny firmware footprint complements, says Cortus, its minimalist approach to processor cores. Nabto also provides a people-to-machine interface for clients.

TargetOS, from Blunk Microsystems, is a fast, small, and pre-emptive real-time operating system (RTOS) ported to the Cortus APS architecture. TargetTools, now interfaced to the Cortus toolchain, is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for developers using TargetOS.

Cortus licensees are currently beginning volume production in a range of connected intelligent devices. Atmel’s WINC1500, APS3-based, IEEE 802.11b/g/n IoT Network Controller is being deployed in a range of Wi-Fi applications including the Atmel Arduino WiFi shield 101. Microsemi has integrated the Cortus APS1 in a family of smart sensor interface ICs. The first generation is already in production on Tier-1 automotive platforms. StarChip has announced its third generation of Cortus-based SIM IC controllers, having already sold over 500 million controllers, and have announced products for banking and ePassports.

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