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 .
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 company’s
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.
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’.
SHARC 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
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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