400-MMAC / 200-MHz Blackfin® DSP is priced at $1.99 and supported by a $99 evaluation board.
Industry-leading Blackfin® Embedded Processor Now Available For Under $2

Norwood, MA (08/29/2011) - Continuing to offer designers low-cost and high-performance digital signal processing options, Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI) today introduced a 200-MHz version of its ADSP-BF592 Blackfin® embedded processor that delivers 400-MMAC performance for just $1.99 each (in 1,000-unit quantities). The lower-cost 200 MHz version achieves a BDTImark2000™ performance score of 1120 and a BDTImark2000/$ performance/cost score of 562 compared with ADI's 400 MHz version’s BDTImark2000 score of 2240 and BDTImark2000/$ score of 747—which was the highest performance/cost score ever recorded by DSP benchmarking firm BDTI (Berkeley Design Technology, Inc.). See for additional information.

This new price point for the BF592 makes ADI’s industry-leading DSP price/performance accessible to a broad range of cost-sensitive applications. Featuring active power draw as low as 51 mW and a tiny 9 mm x 9 mm 64-lead LFCSP package, the new 200-MHz Blackfin BF592 model makes integrating high-performance DSP (digital signal processing) even more practical for many power and cost-constrained applications in the industrial, medical, video, audio and general-purpose markets.

Target applications for the BF592 include portable healthcare products, audio devices and imaging products, such as CMOS-sensor-based 2-D barcode scanners.

"The ADSP-BF592 allows designers to cost effectively pack a tremendous amount of advanced performance into designs with very limited space and very small power budgets," said Rich Murphy, business development manager, Processors-DSP Group, Analog Devices.

Blackfin ADSP-BF592 Key Features

  • Highest DSP performance for its price lets developers run more sophisticated algorithms with more system-level advantages.
  • Low active power draw of just 51 mW at 200 MHz and low standby power of less than 1 mW consumes 80 percent less power than comparable solutions to extend battery life.
  • The industry’s smallest 400-MMAC/200-MHz device with a 9 mm x 9 mm footprint allows designers to pack tremendous performance into space-constrained designs.
  • Optimized for multiple applications with no external memory or executable flash: peripheral set includes two SPORT’s, a PPI, two SPI’s, four general-purpose counters and a factory-programmed instruction ROM block containing the VDK RTOS and C-runtime libraries.
  • Offered in commercial and industrial temperature grades; automotive qualified.

Pricing and Availability

The Blackfin ADSP-BF592is priced at $1.99 per unit based on 1,000-unit quantities for the 200-MHz speed grade (Model Number ADSP-BF592KCPZ-2). Processors are sampling to customers today.

$99 Development Platform

An EZ-KIT Lite® evaluation kit for the Blackfin ADSP-BF592 is being offered for a discounted price of $99 (normally $199) until December 31, 2011, available from ADI’s authorized distributors. The kit includes an evaluation suite of ADI’s VisualDSP++ development environment with the C/C++ compiler, assembler and linker. ADI also offers a $150 Blackfin emulator (ADZS-ICE-100B), which provides designers with a comprehensive development platform that lowers the cost of entry to the Blackfin BF592. In addition, a complementary selection of ADI’s power ICs, data converters, sensors and signal conditioning ICs are available for optimizing processor and overall signal-chain performance.


  • Visit ADI’s online technical support community EngineerZone™ for DSP support.

Innovative Design Demands Blackfin-class Processing

Analog Devices’ Blackfin 16/32-bit processors enable engineers to advance the intelligence, functionality and connectivity of any application that benefits from a convergence of digital signal processing and control processing in a unified architecture. Delivering exceptional price/performance and energy efficiency, and complemented by a rich ecosystem of development tools, applications and third-party support, Blackfin is the processor of choice for a wide range of innovative applications including industrial, medical, automotive, security, digital home entertainment and portable devices.

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 100,000 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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