YAMAHA’S NEOHD MEDIA CONTROLLERS USE ANALOG DEVICES’ BLACKFIN® PROCESSOR FOR INTUITIVE CONTROL AND ENHANCED SYSTEM PERFORMANCE

- Low power Blackfin processor enables network, USB and GUI for new series of ground-breaking neoHD Media Controllers.

Norwood, MA (04/28/2010) - Yamaha Corporation, a global leader in music equipment as well as home audio and video systems, has implemented the Blackfin BF533 digital signal processor from Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) in its new YMC-500 and YMC-700 neoHD Media Controllers to provide consumers with complete control of all home and Internet components and sources that connect to a home theater system. Yamaha selected the Blackfin processor for its unmatched performance, low power consumption in standby mode, and its ability to meet specific design goals for this new product category.

The Yamaha neoHD Media Controllers use a single remote control and intuitive on-screen menus to provide consumers with easy navigation through all home theater inputs. The Media Controller’s design also allows easy access to content stored on multiple devices. The system can control up to six other AV (audio visual) components, such as TVs, Blu-ray disc players and set-top boxes, through its remote control and three IR (infrared) outputs on the Media Controllers’ back panel.

A Blackfin BF533 processor is the centerpiece of the neoHD Media Controller system, enabling the network, USB and GUI (graphical user interface) with one processor. The Blackfin BF533’s high-performance 16 bit/32 bit core, programmability and operating speeds of 500 MHz and higher provide the computational support that Yamaha required in facing the design challenges to deliver a new class of Media Controller with an advanced feature set. The processor combines best-in-class DSP performance with microcontroller functionality that can be augmented via software upgrade to keep ahead of the technology curve. All of these features assisted Yamaha in reducing BOM (bill of material) costs.

In designing the neoHD Media Controller, the Yamaha design team used Analog Devices’ VisualDSP++® integrated development and debugging environment, enabling efficient management of projects from start to finish from a single interface. Key features of VisualDSP++ include native C/C++ compilers, advanced graphical plotting tools, statistical profiling, and the VisualDSP++ Kernel (VDK). The developers also used ADI's onsite technical support, leveraging the experience and background of ADI engineers to solve complex hardware and layout issues. Yamaha engineers cite ADI’s technical support as an important factor in choosing the Blackfin processor.

A Convergent Future Demands Blackfin-Class Processing
Analog Devices’ Blackfin family of 16/32-bit embedded 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 Yamaha Corporation
Yamaha, founded in 1887, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of comprehensive music instruments. Yamaha has grown through developing a broad spectrum of businesses, including audio and video products, electronic devices and information technology products. In the audio and video products business fields, based on years of know-how in construction acoustics, semiconductor technology, and acoustic design, Yamaha offers digital home theater systems that fully exploit Yamaha’s original digital sound field processing (DSP) technology. Yamaha is headquartered in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka, Japan, and its group now has 102 sales and production subsidiaries.

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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Editor's Contact Information:

Cynthia Hoye
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cynthia.hoye@analog.com

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