Silesia Devices works on superior microcontroller and co-operates with American partner

Silesia Devices, Katowice-based company, is now preparing to launch superior 8051 microcontroller IP cores. The start-up co-operates with the American CAST firm on this project. The new product will be the most modern device of its type in the world, according to the partnership.

The 8051 microcontroller is member of MCS-51 family, originally designed in the 1980’s by Intel. The 8051 has gained great popularity since its introduction and is estimated it is used in a large percentage of all embedded system products.

CAST began offering 8051-compatible IP cores sourced from technology partner Evatronix SA (headquartered in Bielsko-Biała) in 1999. The Polish company produces the world’s fastest 8051 microcontroller IP core. CAST will continue to carry the best product from that partnership. The engineers co-founding Silesia Devices worked on 8051 development at Evatronix. With more experience designing and supporting 8051 IP than any other engineering team, they have devised performance and energy-usage improvements that promise to give the venerable microcontroller a viable — and competitive — ongoing role in modern system applications. Easy development tools, complete debug packages and supporting design services from Silesia Devices coupled with CAST’s extensive sales and support experience and cost-effective licensing are to make using 8051s even more attractive.

“We are eager to start fresh applying all we have learned about 8051 design and successful customer reuse without the overhead of existing legacy products, and we are committed to developing the fastest, smallest, and lowest energy consuming 8051 IP cores in the world” – said Maciej Pyka, president at Silesia Devices. “Going our own way is a risky step, but our long relationship with CAST and their proven IP expertise gives us great confidence and an ability to focus entirely on technical excellence.”

CAST is also an investor in Silesia Devices and the new partnership gives CAST exclusive rights to worldwide sales for their products. The first new 8051 core is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2014.

“Now the talented designers at Silesia Devices are about to unveil a new generation of 8051 IP that outperforms anything out there, and we are excited to soon be making this available to customers around the world” – said Nikos Zervas, chief operating officer for CAST.

Silesia Devices is a microcontroller and processor IP development firm founded in 2013 and headquartered in Katowice on Kościuszki St. As they talk about themselves, „the company is helping transform this former home of heavy industry in southern Poland into an emerging new high-tech business center”.

CAST is a 20-year-old developer, integrator, and aggregator of IP cores and subsystems based in Woodcliff Lake, NJ, the United States. The company’s royalty-free product line features 8- and 32-bit controllers and processors with peripherals, video and image compression codecs and graphics, encryption, interconnect, and interface IP for quickly building complete systems.