News release

Date: 2nd April 2014

Pyxalis adopts Cortus APS cores for smart CMOS image sensors

Image sensor specialist Pyxalis uses Cortus APS cores to bring intelligence to high performance image sensors

Montpellier, France and Grenoble, France, 2nd April 2014 – Cortus, a technology leader in low power, silicon efficient, 32-bit processor IP, and CMOS image sensor solution company, Pyxalis, announce that Pyxalis has been using Cortus APS cores in multiple design projects.

In a range of high performance image sensor designs, Pyxalis has used Cortus processor subsystems for a high level of software integration dedicated to sensor operation management. The processors offer the possibility to integrate more application-specific image processing functions such as auto-white balance, auto-exposure control, etc.

“By using Cortus processor cores we have been able to offer our customers very flexible sensor operation enabling a lot of different modes depending on the applications”, says Philippe Rommeveaux, CEO of Pyxalis. He adds, “Cortus processor cores, with their small silicon footprint, complement our Pyxalis IP allowing us to efficiently deliver designs for different market segments”.

“We are honoured to be chosen by Pyxalis for their high performance image sensors”, says Michael Chapman, CEO and President of Cortus, “Their approach of adding intelligence close to the sensor is an emerging trend in the industry”. He adds, “Using a processor core not only offers programmability to end users, but helps the Pyxalis design team efficiency by making derivative designs easier to implement”.

The Cortus family of APS processors starts with the world’s smallest 32-bit core, the APS1, and goes up to the floating point FPS6. All cores interface to Cortus’ peripherals including Ethernet 10/100 MAC, USB 2.0 Device and USB 2.0 OTG via the efficient APS bus. They also share the simple vectored interrupt structure which ensures rapid, real time interrupt response, with low software overhead.

The APS toolchain and IDE (for C and C++) is available to licensees free of charge, and which can be customised and branded for final customer use. Ports of various RTOSs are available such as FreeRTOS, Micrium ?C/OSII and ?CLinux.

To date over 500 million devices have been manufactured containing Cortus processor cores.

About Cortus:
Cortus S.A.S. is a technology enabler for rapidly growing applications including Internet of Things (IoT), wearable electronic devices, smart sensors and security. It has specialised in 32-bit processor cores which can significantly reduce manufacturing costs while achieving computational performance and power constraints. Integrated circuits containing Cortus cores have been manufactured in high volumes for a wide range of applications including automotive, CMOS imaging, M2M controllers, secure execution, sensors, SIM cards, PayTV cards, smart metering and wireless.

Cortus Contact:
Roddy Urquhart, tel: +44 753 158 7023
e-mail: roddy.urquhart[at]cortus[dot]com

About Pyxalis:
Pyxalis SAS (Grenoble-France) is a leading company in CMOS image sensor custom solutions development, serving a wide range of applications in both niche and medium volume markets like medical, machine vision, security, photography, aerospace and more. Pyxalis key strengths are extensive industrial experience, in-depth application knowledge, optimized design methodologies, extended IP portfolio and major innovation capabilities in pixel, analog design, on-chip image digital control and processing.
This major asset has contributed to build an impressive track record of right-first-time innovative image sensors that’s are now reference products on the market.

Pyxalis Contact:
Philippe Rommeveaux, tel: +33 607 860 885
e-mail: philippe.rommeveaux[at]pyxalis[dot]com


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