BLACKfin Hardware Platform Released in UK

9/27/2002 - Kane Computing announced the UK release of a new BLACKfinTM DSP board, the Eagle-35 from Momentum Data Systems.

The Eagle-35 board is a stand-alone platform that provides a general-purpose fully functional evaluation, OEM hardware or software prototyping environment, for the Analog Devices ADSP-21535 BLACKfinTM Digital Signal Processor. The 300 MHz, 600 MMAC performance of the ADSP-21535 DSP integrates a large set of on-chip peripherals with the high-performance DSP core jointly developed by Intel Corporation and Analog Devices.

The Eagle-35 provides a unique solution to a typical problem faced by DSP developers - the lack of access to a development platform with the correct I/O until a custom hardware design is built and tested. The Eagle-35, based on the Analog Devices ADS-21535 BLACKfinTM Digital Signal Processor, solves this problem by providing four standard PCI slots, allowing the use of any of the thousands of off the shelf peripheral cards. This in turn allows system and software developers to emulate their final system without needing to wait for custom hardware designs. The Eagle-35 platform conforms to the mini-ATX motherboard form factor to allow it to be used as a PCI platform in a standard PC chassis.

The BLACKfinTM DSP provides a rich hardware and software environment for application development across a wide range of products. Momentum Data Systems' makes the Eagle-35 the perfect hardware platform by adding built in Ethernet for quickly developing BLACKfinTM DSP based networked applications. TCP/IP stacks for the Eagle-35 are available as part of wide range of Real Time Operating System (RTOS) offerings from companies such as Accelerated Technology, DSPOS, Lineo, and WindRiver.

The Eagle-35 offers both a boot flash (544 kbyte) and a large NAND dataflash (16 MB) to emulate memory configurations found in many embedded applications that the BLACKfinTM supports. Offering both Ethernet and USB ports, the Eagle-35 can serve as a development platform across a wide range of end-user applications such as USB based PC peripherals (printers, cameras, etc.), video processing and security systems, network based smart hand held devices, screen phones, VoIP, modems, embedded industrial controllers, to name just a few.

MDS also offers customised versions of the Eagle-35 for companies looking to reduce their time to market by licensing existing designs. The ability to start software development immediately by using the Eagle-35 in conjunction with off-the-shelf PCI cards, combined with MDS' ability to quickly deliver customised hardware designs can reduce product development time and cost and allow companies to focus on their value-added design content.

The Eagle-35 is shipping now and prices start at around 1400 for a standalone board and 6800 for a complete development system.

About Kane Computing Ltd
KCL has been providing Image Processing, DSP and high performance computing products for use in industry, education and research since 1987. The last few years has seen considerable growth within KCL in the high performance and Digital Signal Processing markets. KCL started life as Sension Advanced Computing, designing, manufacturing and supplying parallel processing products based around the Inmos transputer. In 1995 it became part of Kane International Ltd and subsequently changed its name to Kane Computing. In October 2001 Kane Computing became an independent Company, Kane Computing Ltd. KCL are now regarded as the primary source of fully supported development tools for Texas Instruments series of DSPs in the United Kingdom. KCL provide a whole range of products based around Texas Instrument's TMS320 range of DSP's. This includes starter kits, development systems, application boards and emulators. KCL has a policy of continual improvement and operates its business in accordance with the requirements of ISO9001:2000.

About Momentum Data Systems
Founded in 1987 by Dr Jerry Purcell, Momentum Data Systems quickly became known for its revolutionary QEDesign filter design package, which even today ranks as one of the most powerful but easy to use filter design tools. Merging with Zola Technologies in 1994, MDS now unites a highly talented team of engineers with specialist expertise in filtering, consumer audio, multi-media, and complex DSP system design to offer a full range of products including complete custom systems, DSP tools, reference designs, and training services. Momentum's extensive experience in both hardware and software DSP applications has resulted in partnerships with leading providers of DSP products in the world. Momentum also provides consulting and engineering services.

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