Tiny APS3 Processor Licensed by Certicom
By Nick Flaherty www.flaherty.co.uk
Certicom, a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackberry maker Research In Motion (RIM) and an industry leader in Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) security is to use the APS3 CPU from French chip designer Cortus in its hardware security technology.
“The Cortus APS3 was a good fit for our design." said Dan O'Loughlin Director of Hardware Technology at Certicom. "The APS3 helped us meet our design goals and provided the required processing performance. The APS3 co-processor interface allowed the integration of our specific algorithm elements directly into the instruction set enabling efficient firmware to be developed."
The Cortus APS3 is a fully 32bit processor designed specifically for embedded systems. It features a tiny silicon footprint (the same size as an 8051), very low power consumption, high code density and high performance. A full development environment is available, which is available for customization and branding for final customer use. The ecosystem around the APS3 is rich and well developed, it includes a full development environment (for C and C++), peripherals typical of embedded systems, bus bridges to ensure easy interfacing to other IP and system support and functions such as cache and memory management units. For the most demanding designs the APS3 can be used in a multi-core configuration. The APS3 processor core is currently in production in a range of products from security applications to ultra low power RF designs.