Processors add performance, peripherals and power

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Edited by the Electronicstalk editorial team Nov 7, 2007

The performance of the Blackfin processor allows more robust image processing than earlier products, increasing accuracy and speed of transactions.

Biometric Access Company has turned to ADI's Blackfin processor for its new line of modular transaction processing equipment.

The SecureTouch Advanced System (STAm) is modular and expands from a basic transaction terminal to include finger imaging, 1D and 2D barcode scanners, facial cameras, printers and other peripherals to provide a custom solution for checkout, payroll, government and personal cheque cashing and other transactions requiring identity confirmation.

The STAm offers unprecedented efficiency and effectiveness in data gathering and data aggregation.

The STAm modularity allows BAC's customers to buy only what is needed for today with total flexibility and scalability as needs change.

The Blackfin processor is providing control processing for the STA modules, and processing the capture and recognition of barcode, finger image and document inputs for the various modules.

The performance of the Blackfin processor allowed the STA implementation to use more robust image processing than earlier products, increasing accuracy and speed of transactions.

"The STA product is designed to provide a complete custom transaction security solution with a wide choice of networked peripherals".

"The Blackfin processors provided the best platform for the product due to its combination of performance, peripherals and power".

"We are able to cut fingerprint extraction times in half, integrate Ethernet and USB seamlessly and take advantage of power-saving 'sleep' modes when the terminal is inactive", says Ron Smith, Biometric Access Company President and CEO.

"The SecureTouch Advanced from Biometric Access Company is a great example of a networked embedded design", says Colin Duggan, Director of the Industrial and Instrumentation Product Line in the General Purpose DSP Division, Analog Devices: "The combination of imaging and networking is a growing requirement of many industrial and commercial products today".

"The Blackfin processor was designed to perform both signal processing, such as image processing, and control tasks leading to single processor embedded systems that offer both lower costs and reduced design complexity".

Because developers today seek to reduce time to market by choosing a robust ecosystem that brings them nearer to the capabilities of their end-products, Analog Devices provides an industry-leading tools, starter kits and support including the familiar ADI Crosscore software and hardware tools that support other Blackfin processors.

These include the award-winning VisualDSP++ integrated development and debug environment (IDDE), emulators, and EZ-Kit Lite evaluation hardware.

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