MANHASSET, N.Y. In a move signaling the maturing state of the architecture, Analog Devices Inc. has announced it will close its ten-year-old Herzliya, Israel design center, the birthplace of its TigerSharc DSP architecture, within four months.
According to John Croteau, general manager of the company’s Converged Platforms Services Group (CPSG), the emphasis will now shift to advancing the architecture through processes, ports and derivative products.
The facility's employees-- all hardware designers-- will be let go and the future development will be spread across two of the company’s three facilities in Bangalore, India, Austin, Texas and Norwood, Massachusetts.
Considered the highest-performing of the company’s DSP lineup, the TigerSharc floating-point processor combines a high-end core with advanced I/O and abundant on-chip memory to target applications such as industrial automation, medical imaging, military/aerospace and wireless infrastructure.
While the company still expects strong growth opportunities for TigerSharc in those areas, that growth will be eclipsed by what Croteau considers to be a "breakthrough" in the number and variety of applications for the company’s newest DSP, the Blackfin. By 2008 he expects 80 to 90 percent of the company’s DSP revenue to come from that DSP with its combination of both RISC and DSP instructions and voltage and frequency scaling.
The Blackfin architecture was invented by ADI Fellow Jim Wilson.