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Analog Devices’ Blackfin Found To Be The Perfect Fit For Maxtrack Vehicle Tracking System

Norwood - Analog Devices, Inc. announced that Maxtrack, a world leader in vehicle tracking systems will be shipping their product with 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 ultra-compact device with dimensions of 12 cm x 7 cm. The next generation MTC-600 utilizing 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 their GSM/EDGE module MC-75, 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, Inc.: “Applications, from vehicle tracking to cell phones, 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 minimizing design space, power dissipation, and costs.”

Blackfin in Convergent Processing
Analog Devices’ Blackfin® Processors embody a new breed of 16/32-bit 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; multi-mode 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

Miércoles, 27 Julio, 2005 - 03:54
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