Norwood, Mass.--April 22, 1998--Fifteen DSP-based system design companies announced plans to integrate their products with the Analog Devices, Inc. (Norwood) VisualDSP development tools. ADI's first VisualDSP partners include: 3L Limited, Alacron, Alex Computer Systems, Averstar, Bittware, Eonic Systems, Hyperception, Ixthos, Loughborough Sound Images, Mango Computers, MEDAssociates, Precise Software Technologies, Sky Computers, Spectrum Signal Processing, and White MountainDSP. This first group of developers to make their plans public represent a complete DSP design engineer's tool chain, including hardware targets and emulators, real-time operating systems, algorithms and libraries, compilers, and code generation tools. The VisualDSP production release is planned for June. This release will support ADI's 32-bit ADSP-2106x SHARC DSPs. Several VisualDSP partners will have products available at that time.
Analog Devices' VisualDSP is designed to enable design engineers to develop, debug, and deploy realtime embedded systems within a single integrated interface. ADI's published set of Application Programming Interfaces (API) allows interoperability among third-party tools, ADI tools and the designer's own custom tools. Among the customers are those who market products for telecommunications, speech processing, high-performance audio, control systems, image processing, medical instrumentation, and radar/sonar applications.
VisualDSP comprises an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and debugger, enabling designers to define a DSPsystem, edit source files, and debug a project within a graphical framework. The upcoming release will allow designers to develop applications with the company's Super Harvard Architecture (SHARC), including multiprocessing, shared memory, and memory overlays. ADI's SHARC software development tools support the ADSP-2106x family and include C compiler, C runtime library, DSP and math libraries, assembler, linker, loader, simulator, and splitter. VisualDSP runs on Windows 95 and Windows NT. Support for ADI's 16-bit DSPs is planned for later this year.
SHARC is designed with balanced computational core performance, large internal dual-ported SRAM and I/O throughput. ADI currently offers more than 30 code-compatible 32-bit SHARC DSPs that perform both fixed- and floating-point math operations with equal performance.
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