Norwood, MA (09/16/2009) - With the growing popularity of SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) for enabling multimedia communications over IP (Internet Protocol) networks, Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI) and Arcturus Networks Inc. are introducing the uCBF54x Start Kit and System Module to speed development of embedded media devices that feature multichannel voice, mini PBX, or IP video capabilities. Targeted commercial and industrial applications that can benefit from using the uCBF54x for SIP-enabled two-way voice and/or video communications include: building and industrial safety systems, such as access control and public address; passenger assistance applications in mass transit; healthcare monitoring; and point-of-service, including central order-taking at quick-service restaurants.
Based on ADI’s Blackfin® processor with voice, media, and management software and support from Arcturus Networks, the uCBF54x solution is available in two forms: either as part of a development kit (Start Kit) complete with implementation examples, or as a system-on-a-module (System Module) suited for dropping directly into end-products. The uCBF54x Start Kit and System Module are available from Digi-Key, an Analog Devices authorized distributor. A product training module detailing the Arcturus kit and module is also available from Digi-Key.
The uCBF54x Start Kit and System Module are based on a small form-factor embedded processor module that uses the high-performance 533 MHz Blackfin BF548 processor to support up to six channels of audio. This system-level solution integrates all subsystem components, including memory, codecs (Analog Devices’ SSM2603 low-power audio codec), transceivers, and network controller, to develop most applications with only limited external circuitry. Software includes an open source uClinux™ BSP (board support package) and Arcturus Voice and Management Middleware, including a complete SIP and RTP stack. A host board is provided as part of the Start Kit and can be used as a reference for hardware and software development.
The combination of vendor-proven hardware, open source software, and middleware offers engineers the best of both worlds: flexibility to customize, integrate, and control the software, while having Arcturus available to provide system integration. Complete details about the uCBF54x are available here.
“Collaborating with ADI to create the uCBF54x has enabled us to deliver a highly cost-effective solution for multichannel embedded voice applications,” said David Steele, product manager at Arcturus. “The performance we’re able to achieve, courtesy of Blackfin, makes this a very capable platform with application in all parts of an embedded media system, including mini-PBX servers and video devices. It’s this soup-to-nuts capability we believe will help drive the next level of convergence for commercial and industrial applications.”
“To succeed in replacing aging analog systems and provide better communication, digital voice products have to be able to support multiple channels of audio, and when the application requires, be extensible to video,” said Stephen Daly, channel marketing director, General Purpose DSP Division, Analog Devices. “Embedded media applications like these are a stronghold for Blackfin. Digital signal processing and microcontroller functions are handled on a single processor, and Blackfin allows for flexible partitioning among control, network, multimedia, and signal processing tasks.”
Pricing, Options, and Resources
The Start Kit (ADSP-3PARCBF548E02) is available for $615. The System Module (ADSP-3PARCBF548M01) is $130 in quantities of 1,000. An expansion pack featuring daughter cards for video-to-VGA conversion and 4-port gigabit Ethernet (GigE) is planned for late 2009. In addition, a version of the uCBF54x Start Kit and System Module based on the Blackfin BF542 processor is planned for early 2010.
Links to additional information:
ADI product page for the uCBF54x Start Kit and System Module
Arcturus’ uCBF54x page
Video demo by Arcturus
Arcturus Networks Inc. is a leader in providing embedded solutions for communication and industrial applications. Recognized as a pioneer of uClinux, Arcturus has contributed to the innovation of thousands of products globally and helped to establish embedded Linux solutions as a defacto global standard. Since 2002, Arcturus has focused on creating enabling technologies for product developers including a line of product-ready hardware modules, corresponding open source OS packages, and middleware solutions. Arcturus middleware simplifies product development by providing complete subsystems for device management and media. Arcturus middleware is award winning and certified interoperable by leading infrastructure vendors. For more information, visit http://www.arcturusnetworks.com.
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