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ADSP-BF538:  Blackfin Processors for Industrial and Peripheral Intensive Applications

Product Details


The Blackfin® Processor family has been expanded to address the ever-increasing need for more connection possibilities with two new family members. This connectivity is coupled with the high performance 16-/32-bit Blackfin embedded processor core, the flexible cache architecture, the enhanced DMA subsystem, and the Dynamic Power Management (DPM) functionality. System designers can take advantage of the combined control and signal processing capabilities of the processor core across a wide range of end applications through code compatibility of these new family members with existing Blackfin offerings.

The ADSP-BF538 is a functional extension of the popular ADSP-BF533 processor, and is ideally suited for applications with multiple device connections. The ADSP-BF538 offers equivalent embedded memory and is well suited for applications such as video security/surveillance and industrial-environment-based distributed control/factory automation applications. Ideally suited for a broad range of industrial, instrumentation and medical appliance applications—allowing for broad connection possibilities coupled with a mix of control and signal processing needs based on the end product.

Designed as an Integrated System
In addition to the embedded connectivity of CAN, the ADSP-BF538 processors include a variety of general purpose functions designed to minimize external IC count and offer broad control and communication. Peripherals include three SPI®-compatible ports, three UARTs, four SPORT ports, three multifunction timers, 54 general-purpose I/Os, dual Two-Wire Interface for I2C operation, a real-time clock, a watchdog timer, an event controller, and a JTAG/debug interface. The flexible Parallel Peripheral Interface (PPI) offers a direct connection to a variety of video encoders/ decoders, display drivers, image sensors, and general-purpose converters.

Development Tools
Blackfin Processors are supported by:

Analog Devices CROSSCORE® brand of industry leading development tools. The CROSSCORE components include the VisualDSP++® software development environment, EZ-KIT Lite® evaluation systems, EZ-Extender™ daughter boards, and PCI-based or USB-based emulators.

Green Hills® Software award-winning MULTI® Embedded Software Development Environment and associated emulators.

FEATURES and BENEFITS

  • Powerful and flexible cache architecture suitable for soft real-time control tasks and industry-standard operating systems, plus hard real-time signal processing tasks
  • Applications-tuned peripherals provide glueless connectivity to general-purpose converters in data acquisition applications
  • Enhanced Dynamic Power Management with on-chip voltage regulation
  • High performance 16-/32-bit embedded processor core
  • 10-stage RISC MCU/DSP pipeline with mixed 16-/32-bit ISA for optimal code density
  • Full SIMD architecture, including instructions for accelerated video and image processing
  • Memory Management Unit (MMU) supporting full memory protection for an isolated and secure environment

Functional Block Diagram

Documentation

Title Content Type File Type
ADSP-BF538/ADSP-BF538F: Blackfin Embedded Processor Data Sheet (Rev E, 11/2013) (pdf, 1299 kB) Data Sheets PDF
EE-356: Emulator and Evaluation Hardware Troubleshooting Guide for CCES Users (Rev 1, 09/2012)  (pdf, 175 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-356: Emulator and Evaluation Hardware Troubleshooting Guide for CCES Users (Rev 1, 09/2012)  (pdf, 175 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-352: Soldering Considerations for Exposed-Pad Packages (Rev 1, 05/2012)  (pdf, 680 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-350: Seamlessly Interfacing MEMS Microphones with Blackfin Processors (Rev 1, 08/2010)  (pdf, 701 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-335: Interfacing SD Cards with Blackfin Processors (Rev 1, 02/2010)  (pdf, 2666 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-347: Formatted Print to a UART Terminal with Blackfin Processors (Rev 3, 06/2012)  (pdf, 112 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-339: Using External Switching Regulators with Blackfin® Processors (Rev 1, 05/2008)  (pdf, 163 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-326: Blackfin Processor and SDRAM Technology (Rev 2, 12/2008)  (pdf, 958 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-271: EE-271: Using Cache Memory on Blackfin Processors (Rev 2, 05/2009)  (pdf, 1634 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-240: ADSP-BF533 Blackfin Booting Process (Rev 4, 09/2008)  (pdf, 332 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-340: Connecting SHARC® and Blackfin® Processors over SPI  (pdf, 209 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-301: Video Templates for Developing Multimedia Applications on Blackfin (Rev 1, 09/2006)  (pdf, 175 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-312: Building Complex VDK/LwIP Applications Using Blackfin Processors (Rev 2, 09/2008)  (pdf, 162 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-281: Hardware Design Checklist for the Blackfin Processors (Rev 2, 07/2008)  (pdf, 77 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-341: Expert Pin Multiplexing Plug-in for Blackfin Processors (Rev 3, 07/2011)  (pdf, 253 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-334: Using Blackfin® Processor Hibernate State for Low Standby Power  (pdf, 904 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-321: Connecting Blackfin® Processors to the AD7656 SAR ADC (Rev 1, 03/27/2008)  (pdf, 176 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-204: Blackfin Processor SCCB Software Interface for Configuring I2C Slave Devices (Rev 2, 03/2007)  (pdf, 355 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-323: Implementing Dynamically Loaded Software Modules (Rev 1, 05/2007)  (pdf, 0) Application Notes PDF
EE-185: Fast Floating-Point Arithmetic Emulation on Blackfin Processors (Rev 4, 08/2007)  (pdf, 119 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-298: Estimating Power for ADSP-BF538/BF539 Blackfin Processors (Rev 2, 07/2007)  (pdf, 212 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-324: System Optimization Techniques for Blackfin Processors (Rev 1, 07/2007)  (pdf, 146 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-294: Energy-Aware Programming on Blackfin Processors (Rev 1, 06/2007)  (pdf, 102 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-315: Changing the PHY in the Ethernet Driver for Blackfin Processors (Rev 1, 06/2007)  (pdf, 0 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-175: Emulator and Evaluation Hardware Troubleshooting Guide for VisualDSP++ Users (Rev 13, 09/2012)  (pdf, 183 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-311: VisualDSP++® Flash Programmer API for Blackfin Processors (Rev 1, 12/2006)  (pdf, 0 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-307: Blackfin Processor Troubleshooting Tips Using VisualDSP++ Tools (Rev 1, 12/2006)  (pdf, 223 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-308: Estimating and Optimizing Booting Time for Blackfin Processors (Rev 1, 12/2006)  (pdf, 403 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-309: Power Mode Transition Times of Blackfin Processors (Rev 1, 12/2006)  (pdf, 458 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-306: PGO Linker - A Code Layout Tool for Blackfin Processors (Rev 1, 12/2006)  (pdf, 65 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-304: Using the Blackfin Processor SPORT to Emulate a SPI Interface (Rev 1, 11/2006)  (pdf, 194 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-303: Using VisualDSP++ Thread-Safe Libraries with a Third-Party RTOS (Rev 1, 11/2006)  (pdf, 56 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-302: Interfacing ADSP-BF53x Blackfin Processors to NAND FLASH Memory (Rev 1, 11/2006)  (pdf, 152 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-289: Implementing FAT32 File Systems on ADSP-BF533 Blackfin Processors (Rev 1, 02/2006)  (pdf, 320 kB) Application Notes PDF
EE-68: Analog Devices JTAG Emulation Technical Reference (Rev 10, 04/2008)  (pdf, 293 kB) Application Notes PDF
LabVIEW 1000m Below the Waves: Synchronized Sampling of Autonomous Units Through Sound  (pdf, 2405 kB) White Papers PDF
Graphical Embedded System Design Empowers Life Saving Spider Robots  (pdf, 3243 kB) White Papers PDF
Device-Based Social Networking  (pdf, 231 kB) White Papers PDF
Online Training: Introducing the $150.00 JTAG Emulator for Blackfin Processors (ADZS-ICE-100B) Tutorials HTML
Online Training Modules Tutorials HTML
Blackfin Processor Workshops and Webcasts Tutorials HTML
ADSP-BF538/ADSP-BF538F Blackfin ® Processor Hardware Reference, Revision 1.2, February 2013  (pdf, 12502 kB) Processor Manuals PDF
Blackfin ® Processor Programming Reference, Revision 2.2, February 2013  (pdf, 20321 kB) Processor Manuals PDF
Getting Started With Blackfin Processors, Revision 6.0, September 2010 Processor Manuals HTML
CrossCore Embedded Studio Loader and Utilities Manual, Rev. 1.3, May 2014  (pdf, 1208 kB) Software Manuals PDF
CrossCore Embedded Studio Linker and Utilities Manual, Rev. 1.3, May 2014  (pdf, 1175 kB) Software Manuals PDF
CrossCore Software Licensing Guide, (Revision 1.2, April 2013)  (pdf, 360 kB) Software Manuals PDF
CrossCore Embedded Studio C/C++ Compiler and Library Manual for Blackfin Processors, Rev. 1.3, May 2014  (pdf, 0) Software Manuals PDF
CrossCore Embedded Studio Assembler and Preprocessor Manual, Rev. 1.3, May 2014  (pdf, 915 kB) Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Assembler and Preprocessor Manual (Revision 3.4, May 2010)  (pdf, 3197 kB) | Request a CD Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 C/C++ Compiler and Library Manual for Blackfin Processors (Revision 5.4, January 2011)  (pdf, 3852 kB) | Request a CD Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Loader and Utilities Manual (Revision 2.5, January 2011)  (pdf, 2246 kB) Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Device Drivers and System Services Manual for Blackfin Processors (Revision 4.3, January 2011)  (pdf, 2484 kB) | Request a CD Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Licensing Guide (Revision 1.4, September 2013)  (pdf, 392 kB) Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Kernel (VDK) Users Guide (Revision 3.5, January 2011)  (pdf, 2401 kB) | Request a CD Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Linker and Utilities Manual (Revision 3.5, January 2011)  (pdf, 2290 kB) | Request a CD Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Users Guide (Revision 3.0, August 2007)  (pdf, 2738 kB) Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Quick Installation Reference Card (Revision 3.1, November 2007)  (pdf, 91 kB) | Request a CD Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Getting Started Guide (Revision 3.0, August 2007)  (pdf, 2035 kB) Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Product Release Bulletin (Revision 3.0, August 2007)  (pdf, 774 kB) | Request a CD Software Manuals PDF
Blackfin Landscape LCD EZ-Extender Manual, Revision 1.1, July 2012  (pdf, 265 kB) Evaluation Kit Manuals PDF
ADSP-BF538F EZ-KIT Lite Evaluation System Manual, Revision 1.3, July 2012  (pdf, 1606 kB) Evaluation Kit Manuals PDF
Blackfin EZ-Extender Manual, Revision 4.1, July 2012  (pdf, 279 kB) Evaluation Kit Manuals PDF
Blackfin A-V EZ-Extender Manual, Revision 2.1, July 2012  (pdf, 571 kB) Evaluation Kit Manuals PDF
Blackfin FPGA EZ-Extender Manual, Revision 2.1, July 2012  (pdf, 694 kB) Evaluation Kit Manuals PDF
HPUSB, USB, and HPPCI Emulator User’s Guide, Revision 3.2, July 2012  (pdf, 746 kB) Emulator Manuals PDF
ICE-100B Emulator User’s Guide, Revision 1.1, July 2012  (pdf, 348 kB) Emulator Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Kernel (VDK) Users Guide (Revision 3.2, March 2009)  (pdf, 2642 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Licensing Guide (Revision 1.0, August 2007)  (pdf, 562 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Assembler and Preprocessor Manual (Revision 3.2, March 2009)  (pdf, 1845 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Linker and Utilities Manual (Revision 3.2, March 2009)  (pdf, 5290 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Device Drivers and System Services Manual for Blackfin Processors (Revision 4.0, March 2009)  (pdf, 3256 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Loader and Utilities Manual (Revision 2.2, March 2009)  (pdf, 2137 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Device Drivers and System Services Manual for Blackfin Processors (Revision 3.2, August 2008)  (pdf, 3107 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Kernel (VDK) Users Guide (Revision 3.1, August 2008)  (pdf, 2775 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Loader and Utilities Manual (Revision 2.1, October 2008)  (pdf, 2924 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Linker and Utilities Manual (Revision 3.1, August 2008)  (pdf, 3643 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Assembler and Preprocessor Manual (Revision 3.1, August 2008)  (pdf, 959 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 4.5 Kernel [VDK] User's Guide (Revision 2.0, April 2006)  (pdf, 2354 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 4.0 C/C++ Compiler and Library Manual for Blackfin Processors (Revision 3.0, January 2005)  (pdf) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 4.5 Device Drivers and System Services Manual for Blackfin Processors (Revision 2.1 April 2006)  (pdf, 7866 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 4.5 Assembler and Preprocessor Manual (Revision 2.0, April 2006)  (pdf, 1363 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 4.5 C/C++ Compiler and Library Manual for Blackfin Processors (Revision 4.0, April 2006)  (pdf, 4873 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Device Drivers and System Services Manual for Blackfin Processors (Revision 3.0, August 2007)  (pdf) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 4.5 User's Guide (Revision 2.0, April 2006)  (pdf, 2795 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 4.5 Getting Started Guide (Revision 2.0, April 2006)  (pdf, 1452 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 4.5 Product Release Bulletin (Revision 2.0, April 2006)  (pdf, 707 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 4.5 Linker and Utilities Manual (Revision 2.0, April 2006)  (pdf, 5776 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 4.5 Quick Installation Reference Card (Revision 2.0, June 2006)  (pdf, 85 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 4.5 Loader and Utilities Manual (Revision 1.0, April 2006)  (pdf, 1945 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
VisualDSP++ 5.0 Kernel (VDK) Users Guide (Revision 3.2, March 2009)  (pdf, 2642 kB) Legacy Software Manuals PDF
ADSP-BF535 EZ-KIT Lite Manual (Rev. 3.1, April 2006)  (pdf, 2471 kB) Legacy Evaluation Kit Manuals PDF
Blackfin Audio EZ-Extender Manual (Revision 2.1, May 2007)  (pdf, 2820 kB) | Request a CD Legacy Evaluation Kit Manuals PDF
Blackfin USB-LAN EZ-Extender Manual (Revision 2.0, April, 2006)  (pdf, 584 kB) Legacy Evaluation Kit Manuals PDF
High Performance DSPs for Portable Applications  (pdf, 897 kB)
By John Donovan
Portable Design, May 2006
Technical Articles PDF
Blackfin Processor Benchmarks Benchmarks HTML
Knowledge Base DSP Knowledge Base HTML
ADSP-BF538/BF538F Blackfin Anomaly List for Revisions 0.4, 0.5 (Rev K, 03-14-2014)  (pdf, 213 kB) IC Anomalies PDF
Blackfin Processor Family Product Highlight  (pdf, 2027 kB) Product Highlights PDF
ADSP-BF538/ADSP-BF538F Blackfin Processors with Integrated Flash Memory  (pdf, 211 kB) Product Highlights PDF
Blackfin Processor Roadmap Roadmap HTML
Industrial ICs
Industrial ICs Solutions Bulletin, Volume 10, Issue 8
Solutions Bulletins HTML
Glossary of EE Terms Glossary HTML

Design Tools,Models,Drivers & Software

Title Content Type File Type
VisualDSP++ 5.0
Easy-to-use integrated software development and debugging environment (DDE). Efficiently manage projects from start to finish from within a single interface.
VisualDSP++ HTML
CrossCore® Embedded Studio for Analog Devices Processors
CrossCore Embedded Studio is a world-class integrated development environment (IDE) for the Analog Devices Blackfin® and SHARC® processor families. This Eclipse™ based, highly visual IDE enables seamless, intuitive code generation and debug support for both proprietary and open source tools and technologies.
CrossCore Embedded Studio HTML
ADSP-BF538/BF538F Blackfin Processor BSDL File 316-Ball CSP BGA Package (02/2007)  (txt, 30 kB) BSDL Files TXT
ADSP-BF538F8 Blackfin Processor IBIS Datafile CSP BGA Package (06/2006)  (zip) IBIS Models ZIP
ADSP-BF538F4 Blackfin Processor IBIS Datafile CSP BGA Package (06/2006)  (zip) IBIS Models ZIP
ADSP-BF538 Blackfin Processor IBIS Datafile CSP BGA Package (06/2006)  (txt, 245 kB) IBIS Models TXT
Blackfin Software Modules Software Modules HTML
VisualDSP++ Downloads and Updates Software Tools Upgrades HTML

Evaluation Kits & Symbols & Footprints

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Price, packaging, availability

ADSP-BF538 Model Options
Model Package Pins Temp.
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ADSP-BF538BBCZ-4A Status: Production 316 Ball CSPBGA (17mm²) 316 Ind Tray, 90 $16.87 $16.03 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase
ADSP-BF538BBCZ-5A Status: Production 316 Ball CSPBGA (17mm²) 316 Ind Tray, 90 $17.14 $16.28 Y  Material Info PCN Purchase
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The USA list pricing shown is for BUDGETARY USE ONLY, shown in United States dollars (FOB USA per unit for the stated volume), and is subject to change. International prices may differ due to local duties, taxes, fees and exchange rates. For volume-specific price or delivery quotes, please contact your local Analog Devices, Inc. sales office or authorized distributor. Pricing displayed for Evaluation Boards and Kits is based on 1-piece pricing.

CrossCore® Embedded Studio for Analog Devices Processors
Model Description Price RoHS View PCN/ PDN Check Inventory/
Purchase/Sample
AD-CCES-CORP-5 Status: Production Five user corporate license for CrossCore Embedded Studio $4,975.00 Yes -
AD-CCES-NODE-1 Status: Production Single user node locked license for CrossCore Embedded Studio $995.00 Yes -
AD-CCES-NODE-5 Status: Production Five users node locked license for CrossCore Embedded Studio $4,477.50 Yes -
AD-CCES-CORP-10 Status: Production Ten user corporate license for CrossCore Embedded Studio - Yes - Contact ADI
AD-CCES-CORP-20 Status: Production Twenty user corporate license for CrossCore Embedded Studio - Yes - Contact ADI
AD-CCES-CORP-UNL Status: Production Unlimited users corporate license for CrossCore Embedded Studio - Yes - Contact ADI
AD-CCES-MNT-N1 Status: Contact ADI Single user node locked maintenance license for CrossCore Embedded Studio - Yes - Contact ADI
USB-Based Emulator and High Performance USB-Based Emulator
Model Description Price RoHS View PCN/ PDN Check Inventory/
Purchase/Sample
ADZS-HPUSB-ICE Status: Production Emulator $4,000.00 Yes -
ADZS-USB-ICE Status: Obsolete Emulator - Yes - Contact ADI
VDSP-BLKFN-PCFLOAT Status: Production Development Software $4,250.00 Yes -
VDSP-BLKFN-PCFLT-5 Status: Production Development Software $14,000.00 Yes -
VDSP-BLKFN-PC-FULL Status: Production Development Software $3,500.00 Yes -
VDSP-BLKFN-PC-TEST Status: Production Development Software - Yes -
VDSP-SHARC-PCFLOAT Status: Production Development Software $4,300.00 Yes -
VDSP-SHARC-PCFLT-5 Status: Production Development Software $14,200.00 Yes -
VDSP-SHARC-PC-FULL Status: Production Development Software $3,550.00 Yes -
VDSP-SHARC-PC-TEST Status: Production Development Software - Yes -
VDSP-TS-PCFLOAT Status: Production Developement Software $4,300.00 No -
VDSP-TS-PCFLT-5 Status: Production Development Software $14,200.00 No -
VDSP-TS-PC-FULL Status: Production Development Software $3,550.00 No -
VDSP-TS-PC-TEST Status: Production Development Software - No -
EZ-KIT Lite® for the ADSP-BF538 and ADSP-BF538F Blackfin Processors
Model Description Price RoHS View PCN/ PDN Check Inventory/
Purchase/Sample
ADZS-BF538F-EZLITE Status: Production Evaluation Board $450.00 Yes -
ADZS-BFLLCD-EZEXT Status: Production Evaluation Board $135.00 Yes -
ADZS-HPUSB-ICE Status: Production Evaluation Board $4,000.00 Yes -
ADZS-USB-ICE Status: Obsolete Evaluation Board - Yes - Contact ADI
ADZS-ICE-100B Status: Last Time Buy Evaluation Board - Yes - Contact ADI

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