Nov 28, 2022
Cortus, an innovative French fabless semiconductor manufacturing group today announces two new RISC-V microcontrollers (MCUs). They are designed for ease of use, and to simplify migration from existing MCUs with maximal software reuse to minimize development cost.
Lotus1: Low-cost consumer MCU with electric motor control
Lotus2: Automotive MCU for body and chassis control
The integration of the RISC-V solution into Automotive and Consumer products is becoming a natural choice for industrial companies. RISC-V is a well-known open-source standard Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) combined with a strong and robust software ecosystem. This combination provides flexibility, customization and long-term evolution which makes RISC-V perfectly suited for long product life cycles. Microcontrollers are the key enablers of energy efficiency in automotive engineering.
OEM manufacturers and automobile manufacturing companies require these kinds of MCUs for maintaining their own applications and for adding new features in the future.
Cortus microcontrollers offer designers of embedded systems and applications a balance between performance, power, security, total system cost and energy efficiency. These are not just MCU chips, but are comprehensive solutions from chip to product with a fully featured Software Development Kit (SDK), which provides full support through to the final product development stage.
Cortus Lotus1 is a microcontroller designed for battery powered consumer products combining value, low voltage operation (allowing the use of a single cell battery), ultra-low power consumption (allowing the chip to be permanently connected to the battery with programmed or use an externally triggered wakeup), with a powerful set of peripherals. It is a perfect economic solution for sensing and small motor control applications.
Cortus Lotus2 is the first of a large family of Automotive MCUs covering a wide range of applications such as body electronics control, chassis control, infotainment connection module, HAVC, windows, door, sunroof management, powertrain, motor control and more. It is compliant with ISO26262 ASIL-B and/or IEC 61508, AEC Q100/1 certifications. Other members of the family will also be ISO26262 ASIL-D compliant with an Evita full HSM.
About Cortus S.A.S.
Cortus is a fabless semiconductor manufacturing group headquartered in Mauguio (near Montpellier, France). Cortus provides IC devices from a simple MCU to a high-end SoC using its own broad IP portfolio which includes processors 32/64 bits (Cortus ISA and RISC-V ISA), digital, analog, mixed-signal, RF and security IP; in many areas such as Automotive, IoT/NB-IoT, Edge Computing and Industrial. Over 13 billion devices have been manufactured containing Cortus processors and IP.
Cortus is a core contributing member and board member of the DASH7 Alliance. Cortus is also a member of the Wi-SUN alliance. Cortus is a Platinum Founding Member of the RISC-V Foundation and strategic member of RISC-V International.
Company Contact: Olivier Demoly
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Sep 12, 2022
Cortus, an innovative French fabless semiconductor company today announces the availability of its secure low power RISC-V microcontrollers (MCUs) that address consumer products and automotive electronics for body control and driving control. These MCUs offer better cost and power efficiency than competitive MCU alternatives. Additional MCUs will come in the next few months designed for specific customers creating a product family dedicated to the automotive industry.
Cortus now offers the possibility to its customers and partners to have direct access to Cortus silicon or its expertise in mixed-signal ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) / SoC (System-on-Chip) design for turnkey solutions from Idea to Silicon using Cortus’ own large IP portfolio including processors (Cortus ISA and RISC-V ISA), digital, analog, RF and security building blocks. All Cortus products are fully supported by a comprehensive Software Development Environment.
The RISC-V architecture is becoming the first choice for many SoC designers. The use of this ISA will grow exponentially in the coming years.
Cortus positions itself as a RISC-V leader offering solutions from a simple MCU to a high-end, high performance multi-core SoC. During the past six years, Cortus has designed and continues to design various RISC-V solutions for different customers and applications such as Satellite, Civil Nuclear, Security, Banking, Wireless, IoT, Automotive and Edge Computing.
Christophe Genevois, Director of Operations at Cortus, said: “We are very proud of the great achievement of the Cortus teams to successfully deliver complex RISC-V SoC designs and to deliver chips to our customers.”
Dr. Re:my Astier, Embedded Software Expert for Nuclear at Framatome, said: “We are very pleased to collaborate with Cortus to develop a Civil Nuclear SoC based on RISC-V ISA. This solution is now available and operational to fully meet our constraints and requirements in terms of safety certifications for IEC-60880 and IEC-62566. We are also happy to have a reliable partner with the capacity to accompany us in all our future projects.”
About Cortus S.A.S.
Cortus is a fabless semiconductor manufacturer company headquartered in Mauguio (near Montpellier, France). Cortus provides IC devices from a simple MCU to a high-end SoC based around its broad IP portfolio which includes processor, digital, analog, mixed-signal, RF and security IP; in many areas such as Automotive, IoT/NB-IoT, Edge Computing and Industrial. Over 12 billion devices have been manufactured containing Cortus processors and IP. Cortus is a core contributing member and board member of the DASH7 Alliance.
Cortus is also a member of the Wi-SUN alliance. Cortus is a Platinum Founding Member of the RISC-V Foundation and strategic member of RISC-V International.
Company Contact: Olivier Demoly
Director of Marketing and Business Development
Tel: +33 184.108.40.206.00
Mar 25, 2019
Cortus Announces the General Availability of a RISC-V Processor Family – from Low End Embedded Controller to 64 bit Processor with Floating Point.
As part of the Cortus IC Design Service offering, Cortus announces the general availability of a complete range of RISC-V processors. These are now available for design-in in customer ASIC designs implemented by the experienced teams at Cortus.
Michael Chapman (President and CEO) said “I am delighted to see so many products using the RISC-V ISA, our customers are embracing this architecture of the future. RISC-V is becoming a real industry standard!”
The whole gamut of application needs is covered by 6 processor cores. The range starts with a low gate count, very low power 32 bit CPU core – the APS1V (RV32EMC). A more powerful, but equally low power CPU, the APS3V (RV32IMC) comes next. If a multi-core solution is necessary the APS5V (RV32IMAC) is available. If floating point is needed then the single precision FPS6V (RV32IMACF) can be used or the FPS8V (RV32GC) for double precision calculations. The last member of the family is a high performance 64 bit processor with double precision floating point and MMU: the FPS69V (RV64GC).
Duc Nguyen Huu (General Manager) said “Our customers and partners are benefiting from our experience with processor design and I am proud of these RISC-V ISA implementations, which are creating real value in the ASICs we are designing for our customers. With over 4 billion devices with Cortus technology inside our customers enjoy real success with us.”
These processors have already been implemented in customer projects in the aerospace, satellite, industrial and automotive sectors. A complete development ecosystem is available, including graphical environment, compiler, debugger real time operating systems and tools. Billions of chips containing Cortus IP (including processor IP) have been manufactured based on the successful Cortus Ecosystem.
About Cortus S.A.S.:
Cortus is a leading semiconductor, embedded systems and IoT solutions company, headquartered in Mauguio (Montpellier area, South of France).
Cortus provides a full range of IC design services based around their broad IP portfolio which includes digital, analog and RF IP; prototyping and verification solutions in many areas such as SIM cards, bank cards, ePassports, automotive sensors, image processing, industrial controllers, M2M controllers, secure microcontrollers, sensors, smart meters, wireless, touch screen controllers and IoT devices. Over 50 companies have licensed Cortus cores and over 4 billion devices have been manufactured containing Cortus processors and IP.
Cortus is a Founding Platinum Member of the RISC-V Foundation.
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Jun 22, 2018
XTERCONNECT and GENIATECH having already developed a range of professional industrial IoT solutions using LoRa technology have entered into a Strategic and Industrial Partnership with CORTUS to develop and deliver a range of secure products and solutions for IoT using its CIoT25 Low Power Internet of Things Platform based on Dash7 technology.
XTERCONNECT, is an IoT innovation and solutions company based in southern France, committed to developing secure IoT solutions, easy to integrate with partner legacy or new sensors and devices, as well as having its own range of IoT gateways and sensors allowing them all to seamlessly connect to any IoT network and cloud platform. XTERCONNECT innovate and develop IoT solutions primarily for industrial IoT customers in partnership with
GENIATECH, its strategic partner and investor.
GENIATECH is a Shenzhen based company and global ODM / OEM manufacturer for technology, focusing on IoT and Media and supplying innovative solutions for hardware and software designs based on all operating systems. CORTUS is a leading semiconductor and embedded systems solutions company providing a large range of embedded systems solutions including HW, SW, processors (including RISC-V ISA processors), digital, analog and RF IP, prototyping and verification solutions across different market segments. In 2018 Cortus has successfully completed its new CIoT25 Low Power Internet of Things Platform based on Dash7 Alliance technology and remain key driver and promoter of Dash7A technology.
The strategic partnership will focus on truly addressing each segment of the entire IoT value chain from Dash7A and security at semiconductor level through products and solutions based on it, to global distribution through strategic partnerships, ensuring that IoT customers worldwide benefit from delivery of what we define as SSASS (Secure, Seamless, Affordable & Scalable Solutions).
The management of XTERCONNECT said: “We are very pleased by what the Cortus platform based on Dash7 technology will offer, not only addressing customer needs but focusing on making a more secure IoT for industrial and residential markets, and we are excited to enter into this strategic long term partnership.
GENIATECH President Mr Fang said: “Based on our joint skillset, experience and approach to the market, together with the ability to enable value across the entire IoT chain, we believe we can propose the right solutions for our customers.
Michael Chapman, President of CORTUS said: We welcome both Geniatech and Xterconnect as strategic industrial partners and are pleased to enable development of new products & solutions to scale our platform and Dash7 technology to an industrial level.
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Oct 17, 2017
Montpellier, France. Cortus will be exhibiting at the SEDEX Semiconductor Exhibition, Hall C Stand A081, in Seoul Korea from the 17th of October 2017 to the 19th of October 2017.
Cortus will present their offer “From idea to Silicon” at 10:30 am on the 18th of October in the Conference Room (South) 318, COEX. Cortus will show how customers can benefit from complete support from their initial idea to silicon and firmware with an emphasis of having a successful product on time. Embedded firmware and its verification are essential parts of that process. You are of course welcome any time during the exhibition to visit Cortus’ stand to discuss how we can contribute to your success.
Michael Chapman (President & CEO), Duc Nguyen Huu (General Manager) will be present with Jung Hoon Lee – Cortus Branch Manager of the Korea office.
“This is an excellent opportunity to meet with our customers and talk with new clients.”, says Michael Chapman President & CEO of Cortus. “We are proud to be able to share with existing customers and future clients how we can accompany them from their initial idea to successful product.”
The Cortus IP portfolio includes the APS family of processors starting with the ultra low power and the world’s smallest 32 bit core, the APS3R, and offers rowing complexity such as the highperformance image processing SoC up to the floating point FPS26 solution, including cores that implement the RISC-V ISA. Other IP also includes caches, busses, bridges, USB, Ethernet, security, safety. In addition Cortus has numerous analog IP available including RF blocks. These IPs can be complemented with customer supplied IPs or with IPs from other sources. Of course Cortus’ existing IPs can be adapted to meet the specific equirements of the customer.
The APS toolchain and IDE (for C and C++) are available to licensees. This can be customised and branded for final customer use. Ports of various RTOSs are available such as FreeRTOS, Micrium uC/OSII® & Micrium uC/OSIII® and TargetOS. Other RTOSs can be readily ported if required. About Cortus S.A.S.:
Cortus is a leading semiconductor and embedded systems solutions company, headquartered in Mauguio (Montpellier area, South of France). Cortus provides a large range of embedded systems solutions including HW, SW, processors (including RISC-V ISA processors), digital, security and analog IPs, prototyping and verification solutions in different areas such as SIM cards, bank cards, ePassports, automotive sensors, image processing, industrial controllers, M2M controllers, secure microcontrollers, sensors, smart meters, wireless, touch screen controllers and IoT devices. Over 50 companies have licensed Cortus cores and over 2 billion devices have been manufactured containing Cortus processors and IP.
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Jun 22, 2017
Cortus will discuss IoT challenges and solutions for the ASIC designer
Mauguio, France. 5th June 2017 – Cortus, a technology leader in low power, silicon efficient, 32 bit processor IP, and Founding Platinum member of the RISC-V foundation, announces they will be presenting “Challenges in ASIC Design for IoT” at the IoT seminar. They will complement this with a seminar later in the week covering a number of these aspects in greater detail.
Drawing on their experience with customers in the IoT area they will share the typical challenges that are faced when implementing IoT solutions. From the obvious low power requirements to the less obvious impact of code density but also including the various, sometimes contradictory, aspects of security.
“This gives us a great opportunity to share our experience with the challenges that our customers face when developing IoT solutions.”, says Michael Chapman President & CEO of Cortus. “Sebastien Ternat and David Kerr-Munslow both have wide experience helping our customers and I am delighted that they will be able to share with this wider audience”.
IoT has become a key market. Many companies are creating ASIC and single chip solutions for their IoT projects and are faced with a combination of challenges that are not generally found together in other designs. Many of Cortus’ processor cores answer these challenges and are used in deployed IoT products.
The Cortus family of APS processors starts with the world’s smallest 32 bit core, the APS1, and offers growing complexity up to the floating point FPS26 solution, including some cores that implement the RISC-V ISA. All cores interface to Cortus’ extensive IP portfolio, including caches, busses, bridges, peripherals such as Ethernet 10/100 MAC or USB. Most 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 uC/OSII® & Micrium uC/OSIII® and TargetOS.
To date over 1.9 billion devices have been manufactured containing Cortus processor cores, many of them in security conscious, power constrained systems.
About Cortus S.A.S.:
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 good computational performance and meeting tight power constraints. Cortus is a Founding Platinum member of the RISC-V foundation. 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, Pay-TV cards, smart metering and wireless. Cortus’ headquarters are in Mauguio, France.
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