ThreadX Available for Analog Devicesí Blackfin DSP

10/21/2002 - Responding to a need for high performance processing and low power consumption Express Logic announced ThreadX support for Analog Devicesí BlackfinTM digital signal processor (DSP). Express Logic's ThreadX provides real-time embedded developers who use Blackfin DSP with the most technically advanced multitasking solution on the market today. Express Logic's picokernelTM design results in very high-performance and extremely small memory requirements - requiring less than 4Kbytes for minimal usage. ThreadX also provides applications using Analog Devicesí DSPs with significant technical innovations including extremely fast software timers and a mechanism to help reduce context switching called preemption-thresholdTM. Also available for Blackfin DSP is a full suite of Express Logic offerings, including Peg-X, Net-X, File-X, and support for both versions 3.0 and 4.0 of the uITRON standard.

Analog Devicesí Blackfin DSP, based upon the Micro Signal Architecture (MSA) core jointly developed with Intel Corporation, is a high performance 16-bit dual MAC DSP that also includes 32-bit RISC MCU functionality within the same processor core. Blackfin DSPs are designed for ease of use by offering both highly efficient C/C++ programmability and also efficient execution of signal processing and control code. The Blackfin DSP family addresses a broad range of markets including Digital Imaging, Digital Cameras, Networking, Modems, Telemetry & Instrumentation, Portable Devices, Consumer Electronics, and Automotive applications.

"We are seeing increasing interest in Analog Devices' Blackfin DSP. Since the Blackfin DSP addresses the same high-performance and cost sensitive applications that ThreadX does, we expect strong demand for our Blackfin DSP support package," says William E. Lamie, Express Logic's president. "Our ThreadX support for Blackfin will most definitely help application developers leverage the advanced Blackfin architecture to get better quality product to market in less time."

"Express Logic's ThreadX suite implemented on ADI's Blackfin DSP architecture offers a powerful combination for enabling customers with demanding size and performance requirements in applications like digital imaging, networking, and consumer electronics applications," said Jerry McGuire, product line director, general purpose DSPs, Analog Devices, Inc.

ThreadX fully supports Blackfin DSP and is committed to supporting all future members of the family. In addition, ThreadX is highly integrated with Analog Devicesí VisualDSP++TM Integrated Development Environment.. Blackfin DSPs are supported by CROSSCORETM, Analog Devices' wide range of DSP software and hardware development tools. The VisualDSP++ Integrated Development Environment facilitates code development by providing a compiler, cycle-accurate simulator, debugger and statistical code profiling tool under a single user interface. Low cost evaluation and emulation systems are available for hardware development.

About Express Logic and ThreadX
Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Express Logic provides embedded developers with the most advanced run-time solutions for deeply embedded applications, including the popular ThreadX RTOS, the NetX TCP/IP network stack, and the FileX MS-DOS compatible embedded file system. All products from Express Logic are offered with full source-code and without any run-time royalties.

ThreadX is a registered Trademark of Express Logic, Inc. Picokernel, preemption-threshold, FileX, and NetX are trademarks of Express Logic, Inc. Blackfin, VisualDSP++ and CROSSCORE are trademarks of Analog Devices, Inc.

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