The Super-Fast 8051 Microcontroller IP core implements a high-performance, low-energy, 8-bit microcontroller that executes the MCS®51 instruction set and includes a configurable range of features and integrated peripherals.
The core’s sophisticated architecture yields the fastest 8051-compatible 8-bit MCU available anywhere (at the time of its release). It runs with a single clock per machine cycle, and requires an average of 1.5 to 1.8 machine cycles per instruction, depending on configuration. Dhrystone 2.1 tests show it to run from 9.41 to 26.85 times faster than the original 8051 at the same frequency, without requiring an external arithmetic acceleration unit (such as an MDU). Representative 65nm LP ASIC results have reached 500 MHz, for an effective speed-up of 1,000 times over 80C51 chips. Interrupt latency is a remarkably low two cycles.
The Super-Fast 8051 Microcontroller is also one of the most energy efficient 8-bit processors available. Its small silicon footprint—the CPU size can be under 6,500 gates—means very little power leakage. Furthermore, dynamic power of the CPU at a 40nm technology is as low as 2.3μW/MHz, and its higher performance allows clocking at lower frequencies. The core allows energy consumption to be adjusted to the processing workload via dynamic frequency scaling and independent control of the CPU and peripherals clock.
The core’s rich set of optional features and integrated peripherals allows designers to adjust performance and silicon requirements to best match an application’s specific requirements. (Several pre-configured versions at different price points are also available.) Software development is facilitated by a single-wire or JTAG debugging interface, which operates seamlessly within IDEs such as Keil’s C51.
- Fully compatible with the MCS®51 instruction set
- Best Performance Available
- Up to 26.85x speed-up over the original 8051 at the same clock
- More than 1,000 times faster than the original 8051 when clocked at maximum frequency
- Energy Efficient
- Small silicon footprint for less power leakage, lower static power consumption
- Better DMIPs/MHz power ratio allows energy to be saved by operating at a lower frequency
- Ultra-low dynamic power (2.3μW/MHz in 40nm)
- Advanced power management supports dynamic frequency scaling, and CPU and/or peripherals clock gating
- Configurable Microcontroller
- Automatic instantiation of user selectable MCU peripherals
- Pre-integration with other CAST IP on request
- User-configurable CPU and memory architecture to match application needs
- Easy Firmware Development
- CDP-XC on-chip debug interface, supports JTAG and Single-Wire
- USB-based, low cost CDP-XC debug pods
- Integration with IAR Embedded Workbench & Keil uVision™ IDEs
- Software and Hardware breakpoints, and Trace
- Cycle-accurate Simulation Model
- Flexible Memory Architecture
- 64KB or 8MB address space
- 8, 16, or 32-bit memory interface
- Integration with slow memories or peripherals easier with acknowledged transactions
- Independent XTEM bus
- Optional extra 16-bit or 24-bit DPTR
- Efficient Interrupts Handling
- Up to 23 interrupts, with 2 or 4 interrupt priority levels
- Ultra-low interrupt latency: two cycles from interrupt assertion to ISR start
- The core is available in Verilog RTL or as targeted FPGA netlist, and its deliverables include everything required for a successful implementation, including a behavioral model, an automated constrained random verification (CRV) test-bench, comprehensive documentation, and sample synthesis and simulation scripts. Hardware debug pods and reference design boards are also available.
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Block Diagram of the Super-Fast 8051 Microcontroller Core