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Oct 1, 2001
From BittWare, Inc.
ASIC Integrates SHARCŪ DSPs with 64/66 PCI and SDRAM
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BittWare ASIC Integrates SHARCŪ DSPs with 64/66 PCI and SDRAM
Released by customer demand, new SharcFIN ASIC family reduces time to
market for SHARC DSP applications
Concord, NH - October 1, 2001 - BittWare, Inc. announced today the release
of the first product in their family of SharcFIN ASICs for Analog Devices'
SHARC and TigerSHARC DSPs. The SFIN-160G SharcFIN is a complete,
single-chip solution that interfaces the ADSP-21160 with 64-bit 66 MHz PCI,
SDRAM, and board-level utilities, providing the groundwork for designers to
quickly implement their SHARC DSP system designs. A mature part, the
SharcFIN has been shipping for over a year as an integral component in
BittWare's Hammerhead DSP boards and is therefore supported by a wealth of
software and drivers.
Andrew Cheung, Product Line Manager for 32-bit General Purpose DSP at
Analog Devices, said, "Once again, BittWare has proven their value as a
partner of Analog Devices, helping to establish the SHARC as the leading
standard for multiprocessing. The SharcFIN ASIC will enhance the usability
of the SHARC for our customers by making design-in easier and reducing
time-to-market for their PCI system designs."
"BittWare has historically been a DSP board company," said Jeffry Milrod,
President of BittWare, "but we've ventured into the chip market in response
to customer demand. Our customers have found the SharcFIN chip and its
associated software to be such a valuable component in our Hammerhead board
family designs that we've chosen to release it as a stand-alone product."
About the SharcFIN
The SharcFIN ASIC is a feature-rich, single device that combines the
complex control of the PCI bus along with an SDRAM controller and an
interface to the Analog Devices' ADSP-21160 SHARC DSP. The SharcFIN ASIC
flexibly interfaces the ADSP-21160 DSPs to a wide range of interfaces,
including 64/66 MHz PCI bus (rev. 2.2 compliant), SDRAM, UART, I2C? serial
ports, flash memory, and a general-purpose expansion bus. The SharcFIN also
provides a feature-rich set of DMA func-tions and interrupt options to
support very high-speed, real-time data flow with a minimum of processor
Availability and Pricing
The ADSP-21160 SharcFIN ASIC is available now, with OEM quantities (5000
pieces per year) priced at $89 per chip. The second SharcFIN family member
targeting the ADSP-21161 (low-cost Hammerhead) will be available Q1 2002,
with OEM quantities priced at $24 per chip. A TigerSHARC version of the
SharcFIN supporting the ADSP-TS101 is also in development and will be
released in Q2 2002; OEM quantity pricing will be under $100 per chip.
About BittWare, Inc.
Founded in 1989, BittWare, Inc. is the leading supplier of SHARC based DSP
boards. BittWare exclusively uses Analog Devices' (ADI) SHARC technology to
provide innovative standard and application-specific solutions for
high-performance, real-time signal processing applications. Product
offerings address OEM needs from prototype-to-production and span a variety
of platforms, including PCI, CompactPCI, PC/104, PC/104-Plus, PMC, and
standalone. For more information on BittWare and their innovative DSP
solutions please visit our Web site: www.bittware.com.
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