While there may be faster options than CRC, if you use them then you are likely to end up sacrificing some degree of error detection capability. Depending on what your error detection requirements are, an alternative may be to use CRC code optimised to your application instead.
For a comparison of CRC with other options, see the excellent answer by
One option to help with this is pycrc which is a tool (written in python1) which can generate C source code for dozens of combinations of crc model and algorithm. This allows you to optimise speed and size for your own application by selecting and benchmarking different combinations. 1: Requires Python 2.6 or later.
It supports the
crc-8 model, but also supports
crc-32 amongst others. As for algorithms, it supports
For example (downloading the archive):
$ wget --quiet http://sourceforge.net/projects/pycrc/files/pycrc/pycrc-0.8/pycrc-0.8.tar.gz/download
$ tar -xf pycrc-0.8.tar.gz
$ cd pycrc-0.8
$ ./pycrc.py --model=crc-8 --algorithm=bit-by-bit --generate c -o crc8-byb.c
$ ./pycrc.py --model=crc-8 --algorithm=bit-by-bit-fast --generate c -o crc8-bybf.c
$ ./pycrc.py --model=crc-8 --algorithm=table-driven --generate c -o crc8-table.c
$ ./pycrc.py --model=crc-16 --algorithm=table-driven --generate c -o crc16-table.c
$ wc *.c
72 256 1790 crc8-byb.c
54 190 1392 crc8-bybf.c
66 433 2966 crc8-table.c
101 515 4094 crc16-table.c
293 1394 10242 total
You can even do funky things like specify using dual nibble lookups (with a 16 byte look-up table) rather than single byte look-up, with 256 byte look-up table.
For example (cloning the git repository):
$ git clone http://github.com/tpircher/pycrc.git
$ cd pycrc
$ git branch
$ git describe
$ ./pycrc.py --model=crc-8 --algorithm=table-driven --table-idx-width=4 --generate c -o crc8-table4.c
$ wc crc8-table4.c
53 211 1562 crc8-table4.c
Given your memory and speed constraints, this option may well be the best compromise between speed and code size. The only way to be sure would be to benchmark it though.
The pycrc git repository is on github, as is its issue tracker, but it can also be downloaded from sourceforge.