ADSP-BF518F16:  Blackfin Embedded Processor w/ 16 Mbit Flash memory and IEEE-1588 support

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Product Status:Recommended for New Designs

The ADSP-BF512, ADSP-BF514/ADSP-BF514F16, ADSP-BF516, ADSP-BF518/ADSP-BF518F16 processors are members of the Blackfin® family of products, incorporating the Analog Devices/Intel Micro Signal Architecture (MSA). Blackfin processors combine a dual-MAC state-of-the-art signal processing engine, the advantages of a clean, orthogonal RISC-like microprocessor instruction set, and single-instruction, multiple-data (SIMD) multimedia capabilities into a single instruction-set architecture.

The ADSP-BF518F16 products have been introduced to replace the now obsolete ADSP-BF51xF products. The processors are completely code compatible with other Blackfin processors.

By integrating a rich set of industry-leading system peripherals and memory, Blackfin processors are the platform of choice for next-generation applications that require RISC-like programmability, multimedia support, and leading-edge signal processing in one integrated package.

Blackfin processors provide world-class power management and performance. They are produced with a low power and low voltage design methodology and feature on-chip dynamic power management, which is the ability to vary both the voltage and frequency of operation to significantly lower overall power consumption. This capability can result in a substantial reduction in power consumption, compared with just varying the frequency of operation. This allows longer battery life for portable appliances.

The ADSP-BF51x processors are highly integrated system-on-achip solutions for the next generation of embedded network connected applications. By combining industry-standard interfaces with a high performance signal processing core, costeffective applications can be developed quickly, without the need for costly external components. The system peripherals include an IEEE-compliant 802.3 10/100 Ethernet MAC with IEEE-1588 support (ADSP-BF518/ADSP-BF518F16 only), an RSI controller, a TWI controller, two UART ports, two SPI ports, two serial ports (SPORTs), nine general-purpose 32-bit timers (eight with PWM capability), 3-phase PWM for motor control, a real-time clock, a watchdog timer, and a parallel peripheral interface (PPI).

As shown in Figure 2, the Blackfin processor core contains two 16-bit multipliers, two 40-bit accumulators, two 40-bit ALUs, four video ALUs, and a 40-bit shifter. The computation units process 8-, 16-, or 32-bit data from the register file.

The compute register file contains eight 32-bit registers. When performing compute operations on 16-bit operand data, the register file operates as 16 independent 16-bit registers. All operands for compute operations come from the multiported register file and instruction constant fields.

Each MAC can perform a 16-bit by 16-bit multiply in each cycle, accumulating the results into the 40-bit accumulators. Signed and unsigned formats, rounding, and saturation are supported.

The ALUs perform a traditional set of arithmetic and logical operations on 16-bit or 32-bit data. In addition, many special instructions are included to accelerate various signal processing tasks. These include bit operations such as field extract and population count, modulo 232 multiply, divide primitives, saturation and rounding, and sign/exponent detection. The set of video instructions include byte alignment and packing operations, 16-bit and 8-bit adds with clipping, 8-bit average operations, and 8-bit subtract/absolute value/accumulate (SAA) operations. The compare/select and vector search instructions are also provided.


  • Up to 400MHz high performance Blackfin processor
    Two 16-bit MACs, two 40-bit ALUs, four 8-bit video ALUs, 40-bit shifter
    RISC-like register and instruction model for ease of programming and compiler-friendly support
  • Wide range of operating voltages
  • Qualified for Automotive Applications
  • 168-ball CSP_BGA or 176-lead LQFP_EP (with exposed pad)
    116K bytes of on-chip memory
    External memory controller with glueless support for SDRAM and asynchronous 8-bit and 16-bit memories
    Optional 16M bit SPI flash with boot option
    IEEE 802.3-compliant 10/100 Ethernet MAC with IEEE 1588 support (ADSP-BF518/ADSP-BF518F16 only)
    Parallel peripheral interface (PPI), supporting ITU-R 656 video data formats
  • See datasheet for additional features

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ADSP-BF518F16 Model Options
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Price*(100-499) Price*1000 pcs RoHS View PCN/ PDN Check Inventory/
ADSP-BF518BBCZ4F16 Status: Production CHIP SCALE BGA 168 Ind Tray, 189 $12.06 $11.46 Y  Material Info Notify Me Purchase
ADSP-BF518BSWZ4F16 Status: Production LQFP 1.4 MM W/ THERMAL PAD 176 Ind Tray, 40 $12.06 $11.46 Y  Material Info Notify Me Purchase
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