BittWare Unveils DSP Board Based on New ADSP-TS201 TigerSHARC

1/20/2004 - BittWare, Inc. released at the Bus and Board Conference its second DSP board based on the new ADSP-TS201 TigerSHARC. Following on the success of its Danube 6-Pac PCI board (D6PC), BittWare has launched the first board in its new T2 family of TigerSHARC boards, the T2-PCI (T2PC). The T2PC is a PCI-X plug-in card featuring four 600 MHz ADSP-TS201S TigerSHARC DSPs, a Xilinx Virtex-II Pro FPGA, a PMC site, 64-bit 133 MHz PCI-X interface, large on-board memory, and over 6 GB/sec of flexible, high-throughput I/O interfaces.

To take full advantage of the high-performance TigerSHARC processor, this multiprocessor board implements a unique, scalable architecture. Dubbed ATLANTiS (Advanced Transfer Link Architecture for New TigerSHARC), this flexible architecture enables system designers to have the ultimate ideal of software-configurable hardware. By tightly integrating the DSPs, PCI bridge, PMC interface, and I/O peripherals with the on-board FPGA, ATLANTiS gives designers extremely flexible options for configuring and routing the high-throughput I/O.

"The huge demand we have seen for the ADSP-TS201 on our D6PC board will be dwarfed with the release of our T2 Family of products, since the ATLANTiS architecture results in processing performance, I/O throughput, and flexibility that simply surpasses all other boards," stated Jeffry Milrod, President of BittWare.

The T2PC features a single cluster of four ADSP-TS201S TigerSHARC DSPs from Analog Devices. In addition to 3.6 GFLOPS of floating point processing power, the TigerSHARC's SuperScalar architecture allows it to also achieve 14.4 BOPS of fixed-point performance. This powerful processing core is integrated with 24 Mbits of on-chip RAM, and four high-speed LVDS link ports running at up to 1 GB/sec each. The T2PC interconnects two link ports from each DSP to create an interprocessor communications ring, and two are routed to the on-board ATLANTiS FPGA for I/O.

The T2PC boasts a tremendous amount of off-board I/O bandwidth (over 6 GB/sec), throughput (4 GB/sec sustained), and options, including a PMC site with BittWare's PMC+ I/O extensions, 2 high-performance digital I/O headers, general-purpose digital I/O, and eight RocketIO‘ high-speed serial transceivers. ATLANTiS, implemented in the on-board Xilinx Virtex-II FPGA (XC2VP20), adds tremendous flexibility to the T2PC, allowing system designers to configure and route the off-board I/O as their specific applications require.

BittWare's SharcFIN PCI bridge interfaces the DSP cluster to the local 64-bit, 66 MHz PCI bus, which is then interfaced to the off-board PCI-X bus via an Intel 31154 bridge. The SharcFIN also provides host access to the DSPs, interrupts, flags, on-board bank of SDRAM (up to 512 MB), 8 MB boot Flash, and FPGA control registers.

Complete Software Support
BittWare offers complete software support for the T2PC. BittWare's BittWorks software tools provide host interface libraries, a wide variety of diagnostic utilities and configuration tools, and debug tools. Many third party tools are also available to support BittWare's ADSP-TS201 boards, including Analog Devices' VisualDSP++, EZ-DSP's TS-LibTM optimized libraries for TigerSHARC, EZ-DSP's EZ-TigerSHARC BSP for GedaeTM, and SDL's DSPdeveloper target for MATLAB® and Simulink®. Real-time operating systems available include Analog Devices' VisualDSP Kernel (VDK), and Enea's OSEck RTOS.

The T2-PCI is available now with pricing starting at $8,495. Additional T2 family boards will be available starting in Q2 of this year and will include PMC, 6U cPCI, and 6U VME form factors. BittWare also plans to release an ADSP-TS201S version of its SharcFIN PCI-DSP bridge that will be available as a standalone device in Q2 2004.

About BittWare, Inc.
Founded in 1989, BittWare, Inc. is the leading supplier of TigerSHARC and SHARC based DSP boards. BittWare exclusively uses Analog Devices' (ADI) TigerSHARC and 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, VME, PC/104, PC/104-Plus, PMC, and standalone. For more information on BittWare and its innovative DSP solutions, visit

TigerSHARC is a registered trademark of Analog Devices. Gedae is a trademark of Blue Horizon Software, Inc. (dba Gedae, Inc.). TS-Lib is a trademark of EZ-DSP, Ltd.

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