Intel links with Analog for DSP architecture

Intel links with Analog for DSP architecture
Tom Foremski Intel and Analog Devices are to jointly develop a digital signal processor (DSP) architecture for embedded applications. The two companies have not revealed details of the project but industry observers believe the partnership will result in powerful image processing capabilities being added to Intel’s StrongARM architecture. Analog’s strengths are in DSP architectures and in analogue to digital converters such as those used in digital cameras. “By combining Analog’s strengths with Intel’s CMOS imaging technology and StrongARM, it will provide a powerful solution for many high volume consumer electronics applications,” said Max Baron, senior analyst at market research firm In-Stat. Baron added that a key target for Intel would be future multi-function digital cellular phones and handheld computer devices equipped with inexpensive digital cameras. Intel and Analog said they will jointly staff a design centre in Austin, Texas and that the first product is scheduled for mid-2000. While avoiding giving any DSP core details, the companies said the effort will produce a fixed-point low power core for processing video, image, voice and data in emerging embedded communication and computing devices. “With the rapid convergence of digital communications and computing, Intel decided to invest in a dedicated DSP core that complements our existing embedded solutions,” said Ron Smith, corporate v-p and general manager of Intel’s computing enhancement group. The joint development team will also produce programming tools and algorithms that support the DSP architecture allowing customers to adapt it for various applications. Baron does not expect the Intel-Analog DSP core to be used in future Intel microprocessors.


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