SPOERLE’S EMBEDDED PLATFORM CONCEPT LEVERAGES ANALOG DEVICES PARTS TO MAKE DEVELOPMENT “AS EASY AS POSSIBLE”

- Choice of Analog Devices for the first boards on Embedded Platform Concept lets design engineers create highly innovative custom applications with minimal effort.

Embedded World, Nuremberg, Germany  (03/04/2009) - Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI) today announced its participation in Spoerle’s Embedded Platform Concept (EPC). Based around a variety of high-performance Analog Devices components, the EPC is available directly through Spoerle, a division of Arrow Electronics, and the largest distributor of electronic components in Germany and Central Europe. The EPC is designed to provide embedded developers with ready access to flexible combinations of components in order to expedite the development process.

Targeted for control, industrial and medical applications, the ADI-based embedded components include a Blackfin ADSP-BF527 based processor module, and a board with Analog Devices’ power management components. A complete package with both the Blackfin ADSP-BF527 and ADI’s power management modules is also available.

“With our Embedded Platform Concept, we are entering a new era of distribution services that by far exceeds mere provision of reference boards,” said Detlef Kaminski, director of Application and Technical Marketing at Spoerle. “We provide our customers with comprehensively pre-tested and full close-to-production systems, specifically developed for customized applications with a minimum of effort. This enables our customers to enormously speed up their own development. The Embedded Platform Concept thus combines the time-to-market requirement and leading-edge technology label very cost-effectively.”

In addition to Spoerle’s EPC support, developers choosing to design on Analog Devices-based components are also able to take advantage of Analog Devices’ extensive design support ecosystem of development tools, software and third-party offerings. Application development time is significantly reduced due to the convergent Blackfin processor’s integration of DSP and microcontroller functionality onto unified single-processor architecture.

ADSP-BF527 is powered by Analog Devices’ ADP1829 buck controller and ADP2107 step-down converter, a power management solution that offers an optimal combination of efficient high current conversion (ADP1829) and compact integrated solution (ADP2107), enabling the processor to perform at its best with optimal efficiency from the power supply.

Spoerle is using modular reference boards and matched IP and service modules to serve as the basis for the EPC, and will offer developers technically optimized solutions for future use within the framework of this concept. Specific customer requirements can be flexibly accommodated through this modular structure, in terms of hardware as well as software.

“ADI’s mission is to ease the application development process by providing customers with high-performance, high-quality products, including free, downloadable software components,” said Stephen Daly, channel marketing director, General Purpose DSP Group, Analog Devices, Inc. “Our collaboration with Spoerle in the launch of the Embedded Platform Concept certainly reinforces ADI’s reference design strategy to help make it as easy as possible for developers to leverage our technologies in their product designs.”

Spoerle will offer three separate ADI-based modules, initially in Europe only:

  • Analog Devices Blackfin ADSP-BF527 Complete Kit consisting of Analog Devices Blackfin ADSP-BF527 Processor module and ADI DC/DC board


  • Analog Devices Blackfin ADSP-BF527 Processor Module


  • Analog Devices DC/DC Board 1 Featuring the ADP1829 DC-to-DC buck controller and ADP2107 step-down converter


  • The modules will be available in April, 2009.

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    About Spoerle
    Spoerle, a division of Arrow Central Europe, is the leading distributor of semiconductors, passive and electromechanical components in Central Europe. Spoerle has 21 offices in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands. More than 25.000 customers of any size and industry have access to more than 290.000 items as well as Design-In, Logistics/SCM and Technology Consulting services. Spoerle's technology experts support customers along the entire application life cycle, beginning from the development process to the point of production and beyond. As a broadline distributor Spoerle has more than 100 suppliers on its linecard. Founded in 1967, headquarters are in Dreieich near Frankfurt/Main. Along with the divisions Sasco and Microtronica and the sales channel Arrow Advantage that serves customers with a demand for small and medium quantities Spoerle constitutes the Arrow Central Europe GmbH with some 1.150 employees. The parent company is Arrow Electronics, one of the world's leading distributors of electronic components for industrial and commercial applications. To learn more, visit the Spoerle website: www.spoerle.com

    About Analog Devices

    Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices is included in the S&P 500 Index.

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