Analog Devices - Press Release 11-11-2008
Convergent Industrial Applications Profit from
-- Scalable best-in-class performance plus power and cost efficiency keeps pace with market demands for
intelligent, connected industrial control and instrumentation designs .
Widespread Adoption of Analog Devices Processors
WIRE)-- The industry’s broadest portfolio of embedded and signal processing choices
is what increasingly attracts industrial application developers to technologies from Analog Devices, Inc. This is
especially true for the industrial control, and test and measurement designs that require performance scalability,
power and cost efficiency, and connectivity to a wide variety of industry standard communications protocols. The
SHARC processor families not only meet these demands, but drive fast time-to-market with a robust
ecosystem of development tools and third-party solutions for a wide variety of industrial markets.
Developers find the Blackfin processor family ideally suited for a wide range of industrial designs
where a convergence of capabilities is necessary. These include multiformat audio, video, voice, and image
processing; multimode baseband and packet processing; and real-time security and control processing. Recent
Blackfin family product announcements highlight new features that add to an already rich variety of
features and peripherals. The IEEE1588 functionality integrated into the new
BF518 processor, for example, will make an immediate impact in IP-connected control and measurement
systems, and the device’s PWM feature is ideal for motor control designs.
"Blackfin has delivered superior
performance in our systems to allow us to optimize our power meter equipment both with regards to cost and
functionality in terms of grid automation and communication", said Alexander Schenk, Head of subdivision AMIS,
Siemens. "Furthermore Blackfin allows us to scale our newest generations of systems to give our customers the
possibility to "smarten" their grids step by step as demanded by the EU directives and legislation."
Based in Vienna, Austria, the AMIS-Subdivision has led Siemens' development efforts to provide and
introduce a seamless and complete solution with regards to smart power automation and smart power metering for
utility market and energy providers.
“Blackfin processors give us the right mix of processor power, memory
capacity and richness of peripherals to efficiently handle diverse tasks,” said Marco Schmid, President and CEO of
Schmid Engineering. The company, using 5 networked Blackfin processors in a recent design to locate and repair
rail defects, relies on reliability and scalable performance across a wide range of functions from machine control
and user interfaces to complex signal processing. “The integration of a system as complex as ours was also greatly
enhanced by support from leading embedded tools vendors for the Blackfin processor,” concluded Schmid.
recently announced support for the Blackfin processor in its .NET Micro Framework adds the very powerful
and widely adopted Visual Studio tools to the Blackfin kit for programming ‘ease of use’.
processors provide the industry’s best floating-point performance for industrial applications where dynamic range
is a key consideration. SHARC devices dominate the floating-point digital signal processing market, delivering
exceptional core and memory performance complemented by outstanding I/O throughput.
"The SHARC processor
is intuitive, easy to work with and highly cost-effective....definitely a slam-dunk choice,” said Bob Higgins,
principal electrical engineer at Polhemus, who uses SHARC for its latest 16-sensor, 3D motion tracking system.
Higgins says his team chose the SHARC processor for its high degree of math precision and accuracy, its support
for IEEE- fixed and floating point math compatibility, and the way the processor’s general-purpose I/O pins
simplified sensor interfacing. "The number crunching is great," said Higgins, “plus ADI's support, which includes
people with years of experience, is fabulous."
About Analog Devices
Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built
one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as
the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000
customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Celebrating 40 years as a leading global
manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications,
Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the
world. Analog Devices’ common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “ADI” and is
included in the S&P 500 Index.
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