The APS1 from Cortus is a cost effective 32 bit processor core specifically designed to address the needs of engineers wishing to move from traditional 8 bit microcontroller cores.
Designed to have a minimal silicon footprint, very low power consumption and excellent code density, designers upgrading from 8 bit cores, will save silicon area, reduce their code size, increase the autonomy of their battery driven devices and have more processing power to execute their software.
The APS1 is well suited to sensors, home automation, automotive applications, managing I/O and simpler protocols. As a member of the Cortus APS family of processors the APS1 shares the key architectural features of the other processors, with a common toolchain and IDE, bus interface and peripheral set.
The ASP1 is fully upwards compatible with the other APS processors. The modern RISC architecture and careful design ensures that the APS1 can achieve a high maximum clock frequency.
The APS1 has been designed to provide a cost effective and attractive alternative to 8 bit microcontroller cores in many designs.
The 32 bit RISC core is easy to program in high level languages thus reducing software development costs and risk. The clean architecture, peripherals and development environment of the APS1 means that engineers who have previously been developing for 8 bit microcontrollers will rapidly be able to develop efficient applications; leading to quicker application development and reduced software development risk.
The simple, vectored, interrupt structure ensures low latency, real time, response to external events with a minimum of overhead. Up to 27 external user interrupts are supported.
The APS1 is based on the proven APS architecture, ensuring good performance coupled with small silicon footprint, most instructions (including loads and stores) execute in a single cycle due to the 3 pipeline with out-of-order completion. The sophisticated features of this architecture are not found in alternative processors but ensure higher performance, lower power consumption and yet the smallest silicon footprint.