BittWare Unveils ADSP-TS201 TigerSHARC 6U CompactPCI DSP Board

10/14/2004 - BittWare, Inc. released a new DSP board based on the ADSP-TS201 TigerSHARC. The T2-6U-cPCI (T26U), a 6U CompactPCI board boasting eight ADSP-TS201 processors, is the second board in BittWare’s T2 family of TigerSHARC boards. In addition to the 600 MHz TigerSHARCs, the T26U features two large Xilinx Virtex-II Pro FPGAs, two PMC sites, 64-bit 66 MHz CompactPCI interface, large on-board memory, and over 9.6 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 introduction of the T2 family has been the most successful product release in BittWare’s long history,” stated Jeffry Milrod, President of BittWare. “Making the powerful ATLANTiS architecture available on 6U CompactPCI provides system designers with additional performance densities and flexibility.”

The T2PC features two clusters of four ADSP-TS201S TigerSHARC DSPs from Analog Devices. In addition to a total of 28.8 GFLOPS of floating-point processing power, the TigerSHARC’s SuperScalar architecture allows the T26U to also achieve 115 BOPS of 16-bit fixed-point performance. This powerful processing performance is integrated with 24 Mbits of on-chip RAM per DSP and four high-speed LVDS link ports running at up to 1 GB/sec each. The T26U interconnects two link ports from each DSP to create an interprocessor communications ring, and two are routed to the on-board FPGA for I/O.

The T26U boasts a tremendous amount of off-board I/O bandwidth (over 9.6 GB/sec), throughput (4 GB/sec sustained) and options. I/O options include two PMC sites with BittWare’s PMC+ I/O extensions, digital I/O available on the front (via PMC+ interface) and back panels, and RocketIO high-speed serial transceivers available on the front and back panels. ATLANTiS, implemented in the two on-board Xilinx Virtex-II FPGAs (XC2VP20), adds tremendous flexibility to the T26U, allowing system designers to perform pre-processing, post-processing, and co-processing, as well as configure and route the off-board I/O as their specific applications require.

A BittWare SharcFIN PCI bridge interfaces each DSP cluster to the local 64-bit, 66 MHz PCI bus, which is then interfaced to the off-board CompactPCI bus via an Intel 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 T26U. BittWare’s BittWorks software tools provide host interface libraries, a wide variety of diagnostic utilities and configuration tools, and debug tools. BittWorks also includes the TS-Lib optimized libraries for TigerSHARC and the TigerSHARC BSP for Gedae. Many third party tools are also available to support BittWare’s ADSP-TS201 boards, including Analog Devices’ VisualDSP++ 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 T2-6U-cPCI is available now with current deliveries starting in Q1 2005 and pricing starting at $15,995 in single piece quantity. A 6U VME ADSP-TS201 board and an ADSP-TS201S version of BittWare’s SharcFIN PCI-DSP bridge, available as a standalone device, will both be available in Q1 2005.

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.

TigerSHARC is a registered trademark of Analog Devices.

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