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Product category: Microprocessors, Microcontrollers and DSPs
News Release from: Analog Devices
Edited by the Electronicstalk Editorial Team on 16 August 2005

ArWest commits to Blackfin

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ArWest Communications has chosen the Analog Devices Blackfin as its core processing platform, citing Blackfin's ability to handle both microcontroller and signal processing tasks

ArWest Communications has chosen the Analog Devices Blackfin as its core processing platform, citing Blackfin's ability to handle both microcontroller (MCU) and signal processing tasks, while doing so with the lowest power consumption in its class - less than 300mW. A global leader in the design, manufacturing, and implementation of radio data modems - providing wireless datacommunications using software-defined radio (SDR) - ArWest solutions are today in use to track inventory, monitor environmental conditions, improve public safety, reduce traffic flow, and more.

The ArWest product line, AlphaWave, is designed to meet the varied needs of system control and data acquisition (Scada) users found in such diverse markets as public safety, utilities, oil and gas, asset management, water, environmental monitoring, agriculture, transportation and defense.

'We wanted a processor that could handle both MCU and signal processing tasks simultaneously', said Gagik Harutyunyan, Chief Technology Officer at ArWest, 'and Blackfin was ideal'.

Blackfin was ideal 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.

'Additionally, since our wireless communications systems are deployed in the field for rugged conditions, low power consumption and high reliability are an absolute must', said Barrie Hogarth, Vice President of Marketing at ArWest.

'To meet our stringent design requirements, we wanted a processor with 240MHz and power consumption less than 300mW.

With performance of 240MHz, the Blackfin met our performance needs, and with the processor powered at 3.3V, power dissipation was ideal for the solution'.

Added John Croteau, General Manager, Convergent Platforms and Services Group, Analog Devices: 'Analog Devices has a rich tradition serving the wireless marketplace, from cellular handsets to basestations to portable devices requiring low power dissipation'.

'Our Blackfin processors address the new direction in embedded processing design, convergence'.

'Increasingly, customers are moving toward low-power, high performance, fully programmable processors that can readily handle multiple processing tasks - for communications, connectivity, and multiple media types - while remaining cost-effective'.

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