BittWare Introduces Quad TigerSHARC DSP PMC Card

10/21/2002 - BittWare released the Tiger-PMC+, a new PMC DSP card featuring the 250 MHz Analog Devices ADSP-TS101S TigerSHARC DSP, the industry's highest performance floating point DSP. The PCI mezzanine card boasts four ADSP-TS101S DSPs, a 64-bit 66 MHz PCI interface via BittWare's Sharc® FINTM ASIC, and up to 256 MB of SDRAM. With 6 GFLOPS of sustained processing power and over 2.5 Gigabytes/s of I/O bandwidth, the Tiger-PMC+ represents an incredibly powerful integrated subsystem.

Because the Tiger-PMC+ is fully compatible with any PMC-capable carrier board, designers can use it to add leading edge DSP performance to systems that may be built on a PowerPC or Pentium solution by plugging it directly onto the single board computer. When attached to one of BittWare's PMC+ capable carrier boards, the Tiger-PMC+ also supports BittWare's PMC+ extensions, which include four link ports, an I2C interface, a reset line, and interrupts directly to the DSPs on the carrier board.

"Obviously, this product can be added on to our Tiger-PCI and 6U cPCI products to increase processing density, but that's just the beginning of the possibilities," said Jeffry Milrod, president of BittWare. "Because system designers can plug the Tiger-PMC+ board onto any PMC carrier board, they can use it to build highly integrated systems by adding a powerful TigerSHARC DSP subsystem to the strengths of other vendors' carrier boards."

The Tiger-PMC+ - 6 GFLOPS of ADSP-TS101S Performance on PMC Card
The Tiger-PMC+ integrates ADSP-TS101S processing power with a 64-bit 66 MHz PCI interface, expansive memory options, a variety of I/O interfaces, and BittWare's SharcFIN ASIC technology - all on a single PMC card. The board features four ADSP-TS101S TigerSHARC DSPs, each providing 1500 MFLOPS of processing power for a total of 6 GFLOPS. I/O interfaces on the board include four 250 Mbyte/sec external link ports, a 64-bit 66 MHz PCI interface, a JTAG emulation interface, and BittWare's PMC+ extensions, which include four additional link ports. For memory options, the board supports a 64-256 MB bank of SDRAM and an 8 MB bank of flash memory.

Providing the backbone of the Tiger-PMC+ architecture is BittWare's SharcFIN ASIC for the ADSP-TS101S (SFIN-101). The SharcFIN offers a comprehensive set of bus interfaces and peripherals for TigerSHARC DSPs and provides a clean, elegant board-level implementation. It integrates a full 64-bit 66 MHz master PCI interface, a peripheral bus that interfaces the DSPs to peripherals such as flash memory, and an extensive flag and interrupt multiplexer.

Available Software Development Tools
Complete software support for the Tiger-PMC+ is available through BittWare's rich set of development and run-time tools. BittWare's DSP21k Toolkit allows users to easily develop application code and integrate the Tiger-PMC+ into their systems. Drivers are available for Windows and Linux; a source code porting kit is also available. The board is fully compatible with Analog Devices' VisualDSP++® code development tools and supports in-circuit emulation, and BittWare's VisualDSP Target provides a software debugger target that is integrated with VisualDSP++. The board is also supported by SpeedDSP, BittWare's extensive set of highly optimized C-callable runtime libraries, and by SharcLAB, BittWare's target for MATLAB, Simulink®, Stateflow®, and Real-Time Workshop®. Real-time operating systems available for the Tiger-PMC+ include Analog Devices' VisualDSP Kernel (VDK), Wind River Systems' Virtuoso, and OSE Systems' OSEck.

Pricing and Availability
The Tiger-PMC+ is available immediately and is priced under $3,000 in OEM quantities. Other members of BittWare's Tiger DSP board family include quad PCI and 6U CompactPCI ADSP-TS101S boards.

About BittWare
Founded in 1989, BittWare, Inc. is the leading supplier of SHARC based DSP boards. BittWare exclusively uses Analog Devices' (ADI) SHARC technology to provide standard and application-specific DSP building blocks 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.

SHARC is a registered trademark of Analog Devices, Inc. CompactPCI is a registered trademark of PCI Industrial Manufacturers' Group. PC/104 and PC/104-Plus are trademarks of the PC/104 Consortium.

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