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Analog Devices' highest performance Blackfin® processors feature accelerated vision analytics and low power consumption


Analog Devices has introduced a series of 1-GHz, dual-core, Blackfin® processors. The ADSP-BF608 and ADSP-BF609 are optimised for embedded vision applications, featuring a high performance video analytics accelerator, called the Pipelined Vision Processor (PVP). The PVP is comprised of a set of configurable processing blocks designed to accelerate up to five concurrent image algorithms, enabling a very high level of analytics performance. These processors are ideal for many applications such as automotive advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), industrial machine vision, and security/surveillance systems. The ADSP-BF606 and ADSP-BF607 are available without the PVP and are designed to provide flexibility for a wide variety of general purpose digital signal processing applications such as wireless communications, industrial process control, and electric power grid monitoring/protection.

These four new processors all have two 500MHz cores, the largest on-chip memory available within the Blackfin family, and have been optimised for low power operation. Additional features which are optimised for power efficiency include a new high-bandwidth switched fabric data movement infrastructure, a rich peripheral set and safety oriented features. Low power consumption has a number of benefits including high temperature operation, smaller footprints and lower system cost. Typical power consumption for the BF609 is 400mWatts.




“Embedded vision technology enables electronic products to be much more intelligent and responsive,” said Jeff Bier, Founder of the Embedded Vision Alliance, “Vision algorithms are computationally demanding and very diverse. Hence, high-performance, cost-effective programmable processors are essential for these applications. I applaud Analog Devices’ leadership in fielding a powerful architecture targeting embedded vision applications.”

“With over 25 billion mathematical operations per second available from the PVP, this accelerator combined with two Blackfin cores provides the basis for a very powerful and flexible processor” said Colin Duggan, director of marketing, Analog Devices, Inc. “Our goal with these new Blackfin processors is to offer a high level of analytic functions at a great price with very low power consumption, enabling a much broader deployment of embedded vision systems.”






View a video on the application of the ADSP-BF60x family





About Blackfin ADSP-BF60x Tools


Blackfin ADSP-BF60x processors are supported by CrossCore® Embedded Studio, a world-class software development tools chain for Analog Devices’ processor families. This Eclipse™ based, highly visual, intuitive IDE enables support for both proprietary and open source tools and technologies including Analog Devices C/C++ compiler, Micrium µC/OS-IIITM, Linux and GCC. Analog Devices has worked closely with Micrium to integrate their µC/OS-IIITM industry leading real time operation system, USB drivers and file system into CrossCore Embedded Studio.


Key Features of the ADSP-BF60x Blackfin Processors


●  Unique pipelined vision processor optimised for efficient video analytics (ADSP-BF608/609)

●  Two optimised 500MHz cores and up to 4.3 Mbits of on-chip SRAM

●  Rich set of on-chip peripheral options

●  Extensive development tools, development boards and extender boards available including CrossCore® embedded studio software development tools, high speed in-circuit emulators, EZ-Kit development boards and application-specific EZ-Extender® cards

●  Cross Core Embedded Studio, the ADSP-BF609 EZ-KIT development board, and a family of in-circuit emulators are available now to assist designers in their development with these new Blackfin processors. Please click here to view data or buy.


Click here to download the datasheet.


Join Anglia and Analog Devices for a FREE one day DSP Workshop in April 2013

Click here to register for a free workshop.

REGISTER TODAY – the number of seats is limited!

16th April 2013 at Duxford Imperial War Museum, Cambridge
18th April 2013 at Oulton Hall Hotel, Leeds

During the one-day workshop speakers from Anglia and Analog Devices will give an overview of the DSP portfolio including the “BlackFin” and “SHARC” product lines and hold hands on sessions using the latest Development tools. The workshops are aimed at engineers and will address different stages of the development cycle - from the fundamentals of Analog Devices' development tools to tips on how you can optimize your system performance.

Furthermore, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss directly with the Analog Devices experts about their DSP and Embedded processing product offerings along with their exciting product roadmap.

Attendees to the Workshops will also receive a voucher which entitles them to a discount off the price of the following “Blackfin” and SHARC EZ-Kit development tools.


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