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Starter kit rolls for Blackfin-based audio designs

Posted: 16 Oct 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Analog Devices? ADI? Blackfin? DSP? SDK?

Targeting audio applications, Analog Devices Inc. is providing its Blackfin DSP Audio Starter Kit to audio system developers. The kit offers a complete package of development software and hardware to enable feature-rich products and fast time-to-market for embedded audio designs that use Blackfin in a spectrum of applications such as premium audio players, personal media players and professional audio effects processors.

The kit features the latest release of Analog Devices' VisualAudio Designer graphical development tool, also available separately for both Blackfin and SHARC Processors. "The Blackfin Audio Starter Kit with VisualAudio Designer takes care of the fundamentals so engineers can focus on product differentiation," said Jerry McGuire, general manager of convergent platforms and services at Analog Devices.

The Blackfin Audio Starter Kit software includes the Blackfin software development kit, which is geared to get projects off to a rapid start by supplying audio algorithms, pre-built binary and source code, fully functional applications, and how-to documentation.

Algorithm support
Algorithms supported by the starter kit under the appropriate licensing conditions include MP3, WMA, AAC, Dolby Digital (AC3), Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Headphone, DTS-ES, DTS Neo:6; Ogg Vorbis and Speex codecs; and high-speed Blackfin and PC communication drivers and utilities. Standard Blackfin development hardware is provided as well: EZ-KIT Lite evaluation kits and EZ-Extender daughter boards.

Notably, the Blackfin Audio Starter Kit also includes the company's VisualDSP++ integrated development and debug environment (IDDE) and award-winning VisualAudio Designer, a graphical development tool that generates product-ready code optimized for MIPS and memory usage.

The Blackfin Audio Starter Kit will be available in December for the ADSP-BF537. Users that already have the ADSP-BF537 EZ-KIT Lite and the USB-LAN EZ-Extender and Audio EZ-Extender daughter boards may download the Blackfin SDK free of charge.

VisualAudio Designer addresses every step in the typical audio product development cycle, from design through initial tuning, porting to target hardware, final tuning, and automated testing. The main elements of VisualAudio Designer are a PC-based graphical audio design tool with real-time tuning support, a code generation engine with optimized routing and memory allocation, and support for ADI's EZ-KIT Lite evaluation kit.

- Marty Gold

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