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Analog Devices (ADI) announced this month the first device based on the Micro Signal Architecture (MSA), a new 16-bit fixed-point DSP architecture jointly developed by ADI and Intel. The ADSP-21535, the first in ADI's new "Blackfin" family, joins an already competitive field of
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Analog Devices recently announced the ADSP-2191, the first single-core member of its ADSP-219x family. According to ADI, the '2191 will operate at 160 MHz at 2.5 volts. The 16-bit '2191 targets telecommunications applications with a DMA controller, an 8- or 16- bit host port interface,
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During last month's ICASSP conference in Salt Lake City, NEC unveiled the SPXK5, the company's latest DSP architecture. This low-power DSP targets 3G terminal applications with a dual-MAC VLIW architecture. The SPXK5's key competitors include TI's 'C55xx line, the ST100 from
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Tasking, one of the last independent providers of DSP software development tools, announced last month that it has been acquired. Over the past few years many of Tasking's competitors have also been acquired—several by major DSP processor vendors; Texas Instruments, Motorola, and
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Texas Instruments recently announced its first three products based on the 'C64xx DSP core: the TMS320C6414, TMS320C6415, and TMS320C6416. All three devices are scheduled to begin sampling in June 2001, about a year and a half after TI originally announced the core. The target speed for
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On March 16 LSI Logic announced that it will license its ZSP core to Conexant for use in wireless mobile applications. Following on the heels of Broadcom and IBM, Conexant's deal with LSI Logic is a strong endorsement of the ZSP's potential as a licensable core—a potential that has
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In the ancient Near East the number 40 was a literary device symbolizing "an impressively large number," not a precise quantity. "It rained for 40 days and 40 nights," "they wandered in the desert for 40 years,"—the examples are countless. In the modern