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ADI Blackfin processor in Innov-X's x-ray system

Posted: 22 Mar 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Analog Devices Inc.  Blackfin processor  Innov-X portable x-ray system 

Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) a manufacturer for high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, has announced that its ADSP-BF533 Blackfin processor provides core control and signal processing capabilities to the Innov-X portable x-ray system.

The portable device, which houses an HP iPAQ for instrument calibrations, employs an X-ray method called X-ray fluorescence (XRF) to determine the composition of solid materials. Blackfin enables this method by processing "pulse" data gathered by the Innov-X system, measuring energy or wavelength emissions that can be matched to specific elements on the periodic table. In addition, Blackfin delivers Innov-X multiple, independent DMA controllers that support automated data transfers with minimal overhead for the processor core.

In Blackfin, Innov-X found all the features it was looking for on a single chip: a high-speed parallel peripheral interface (PPI); direct memory access (DMA) controllers to transfer high-speed data to on-chip memory; general purpose I/O (GPIO) pins to communicate with its I2C bus (a control bus that provides the communications link between integrated circuits); a universal asynchronous receiver/transmitter (UART) port to interface with peripherals; and several timers, including a watchdog timer.

John Croteau, general manager of convergent platforms and services group at ADI, said, "For portable applications, Blackfin cannot be beat. Not only is it fully integrated and ideal for applications that are space constrained, but its enhanced dynamic power management capabilities enable device operation to 0.8V and extend battery life in portable applications. Once again, where there is design innovation, there is Blackfin."

Blackfin embodies a breed of 16/32-bit embedded processor with the industry's highest performance and power efficiency for applications where a convergence of capabilities—multi-format audio, video, voice and image processing; multi-mode baseband and packet processing; and real-time security and control processing—are critical. It is this powerful combination of software flexibility and scalability that has gained Blackfin widespread adoption in convergent applications such as digital home entertainment; networked and streaming media; automotive telematics and infotainment; and digital radio and mobile TV.




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