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Oct 1, 2001

From BittWare, Inc.

ASIC Integrates SHARCŪ DSPs with 64/66 PCI and SDRAM

Contact Name: Darren Taylor
Contact Email: dtaylor@bittware.com
WebSite: http://www.bittware.com

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 
overhead. 
 
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. 
 
*SHARC is a registered trademark of Analog Devices, Inc. All other products 
are the trademarks, service marks, or registered trademarks of their 
respective holders.* 
 
 
To request additional information, a printed release, or a high-resolution 
photo, please contact: 
 
Darren Taylor 
BittWare, Inc. 
603.226.0404 x.525 
dtaylor@bittware.com 
www.bittware.com 
 
Kara Sicard 
BittWare, Inc. 
603.226.0404 x.522 
ksicard@bittware.com 
www.bittware.com