CONCORD, N.H. BittWare Inc. is among the first companies to deliver a DSP board based on Analog Devices' ADSP-21160 Sharc DSP chip: the quad-DSP Hammerhead-PCI board. First in a family, it's expected to be followed by versions for CompactPCI, PC/104, PC/104-Plus and PMC.
President and CEO Jeffry Milrod said the board is targeted at "high-performance applications demanding tightly integrated, floating-point DSP performance." The board features a homegrown BittWare ASIC that "flexibly interfaces the ADSP-21160 DSPs to a 64-bit, 66-MHz PCI bus, SDRAM, flash memory and a general-purpose expansion bus," he said. The board hangs together with a 50-MHz, 64-bit backbone bus, linking the four 32-bit ADSP-21160 DSPs with 64 Mbytes of SDRAM (optionally 512 Mbytes), a 64-bit, 66-MHz PCI interface and each other. Also on board are a block of flash memory, a dual UART and PMC expansion sites.
Milrod said, "The Hammerhead-PCI has the ability to process two images simultaneously with twice the throughput for up to five times the performance, making this DSP engine 2 1/2 to 5 times as fast as the last generation of Sharc DSP products."
The PCI DSP board will be available early in the second quarter for $4,995. A single-DSP version and dual-DSP version will also be available for $3,495 and $3,995, respectively. A software development kit is available.
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