Overview

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

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.

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At least one model within this product family is in production and available for purchase. The product is appropriate for new designs but newer alternatives may exist.

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