Dongbu HiTek and Cortus to Develop Joint Platform Solution for the Microcontroller (MCU) Market

  Dongbu HiTek and Cortus to Develop Joint Platform Solution for the
  Microcontroller (MCU) Market

  Korean foundry Dongbu HiTek and French IP provider Cortus are to develop a
design platform combining Dongbu HiTek’s embedded flash technology and Cortus
                         processor and peripheral IP

Business Wire

MONTPELLIER, France & SEOUL, South Korea -- March 5, 2013

Cortus, a technology leader in cost effective, silicon efficient, 32-bit
processor IP, and speciality foundry Dongbu HiTek, announce that they are
teaming up to offer platform solutions. The design platforms will be based on
the Dongbu HiTek 0.13µm eFlash technology and energy efficient Cortus APS3R
processor and peripheral IP. Cortus S.A. licenses a range of 32-bit processor
cores for embedded systems. The cores provide licensees with a scalable choice
in embedded computational performance and silicon area to meet a wide variety
of application needs.

“Our joint platform solution will be a compelling offering for the new wave of
intelligent applications,” says Dr. T.S. Kim, VP of Technical Engineering at
Dongbu HiTek. “The Cortus APS3R processor is a great complement to our flash
memory technology.” He explains, “Our platform will be optimized for the
microcontroller(MCU) market.”

“We are delighted to team up with Dongbu HiTek,” says Michael Chapman, CEO and
President of Cortus. “Their speciality foundry expertise with embedded flash
memory is ideal for many of our target applications.” He adds, “By developing
a joint platform we will accelerate time to market for developers of
microcontroller ICs.”

The Cortus family of APS processors starts with the world’s smallest 32-bit
core, the APS1, and goes up to the floating point FPS6. All cores interface to
Cortus’ peripherals including Ethernet 10/100 MAC, USB 2.0 Device and USB 2.0
OTG via the efficient APS bus. They also share the simple vectored interrupt
structure which ensures rapid, real time interrupt response, with low software

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 μC/OSII and μCLinux.

About Cortus S.A.:

Cortus S.A. is the cost/performance leader for 32 bit processor IP for systems
on chip (SoC). Cortus uses a modern RISC architecture optimised for the new
wave of low power, intelligent applications. The Cortus processor family
comprises the entry level APS1, the energy efficient APS3R, the high
performance APS5 and the floating point FPS6. Integrated circuits containing
Cortus cores have been manufactured in high volumes for a wide range of
applications including automotive, imaging, M2M controllers, secure
microcontrollers, sensors, SIM cards, smart metering and wireless. For more
information visit

About Dongbu HiTek:

Dongbu HiTek Co., Ltd. specializes in developing superb analog and
mixed-signal processing technologies. The company adds high value to advanced
ICs with a processing portfolio that encompasses Analog CMOS, BCDMOS, High
Voltage CMOS, CMOS Image Sensor (CIS), Display Driver IC (DDI), Touch Screen
Controller IC and NOR Flash technologies. With its best-in-class BCDMOS
technology, the company manufactures power management chips that serve
numerous applications ranging from home and handheld electronics to automotive
and industrial systems. Currently processing technologies at nodes ranging
from 0.35 microns to 90 nanometers, the company complements its world class
foundry capabilities with top quality design support, prototype verification
and packaging/module development. Headquartered in Seoul, Dongbu HiTek
publicly trades its stock under 000990 on the Korea Stock Exchange. For more
information, visit


Cortus S.A. Contact:
Roddy Urquhart, +44 753 158 7023
Dongbu HiTek Contact:
Dongbu HiTek HQ
Kevin Lee, +82.32.680-4052
Dongbu HiTek USA
Elizabeth Estrella-Basilio, +1-408-238-8822
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