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Product category: Microprocessors, Microcontrollers and DSPs
News Release from: Analog Devices | Subject: Blackfin
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 26 July 2005

Processor helps keep
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Maxtrack, a world leader in vehicle tracking systems will be shipping its products with the Analog Devices Blackfin as the main system processor

Maxtrack's tracking solutions enable companies to track fleets of vehicles using a powerful software and hardware environment, comprising both standard tracking systems and special systems for bus and train monitoring and control. Initial products will begin shipping in September 2005. Currently, Blackfin processors are used in Maxtrack's MTC-500 solution and are being designed into the future generation product, the MTC-600.

The MTC-500, using Blackfin as the main system processor running functions such as high sensitivity GPS, GSM/GPRS modem, digital audio and other functions (with extra performance to spare), can be delivered in an ultracompact device with dimensions of 120 x 70mm.

The next generation MTC-600 using Blackfin with an integrated CAN module, will add new capabilities such as networked camera, dead-reckoning GPS with integrated ADI gyro, SoundMAX audio codec, spread spectrum integrated transceiver and much more.

Additionally Maxtrack has partnered with Siemens to use its MC-75 GSM/Edge module, a design that also uses ADI's Blackfin processor-based chipsets.

'We needed two main functions from our processor, first it needed to drive GPS, GSM/GPRS and networked cameras, and secondly it needed to be the central processor for all other data-driven needs', said Gustavo Travassos, CEO, Maxtrack.

'Blackfin not only provided us with this level of sophistication and power, but it also was more compact and cost less than leading DSP-only chips'.

Blackfin is ideal for Maxtrack because it combines breakthrough signal-processing performance and power efficiency in a RISC programming model.

The processors allow flexible resource allocation between complex real-time signal processing tasks and non-real-time control tasks, with system control tasks often running in parallel to signal-processing tasks.

Added John Croteau, General Manager, Convergent Platforms and Services Group, Analog Devices: 'Applications, from vehicle tracking to cellphones, are continuously integrating features, creating an environment of convergence, requiring a superior processor backbone'.

'Blackfin provides companies like Maxtrack with an embedded processor that manages control processing as well as GPS or networked cameras'.

'We can do this while minimising design space, power dissipation, and costs'.

Analog Devices' Blackfin processors embody a new breed of 16/32bit embedded processor with the industry's highest performance and power efficiency for applications where a convergence of capabilities - multiformat audio, video, voice and image processing; multimode baseband and packet processing; and real-time security and control processing - are critical.

It is this powerful combination of software flexibility and scalability that has gained Blackfin widespread adoption in convergent applications such as portable and networked media players; automotive telematics, infotainment and driver assistance; satellite and terrestrial radio; and networked security systems.

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