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Yamaha Will Use Blackfin Processor From Analog Devices

Analog Devices announced that its Blackfin Processor has been implemented in a concept design for a Networked Audio/Video Center by Yamaha Corporation, which represents a new product category that provides a central device for playing back, storing, and distributing digital music, video, and photos to any room in the house.

The concept design is capable of demonstrating multi-channel, multi-zone output from a variety of sources, including set-top box, PVR, DVD, mobile audio players, internal hard disk, mobile storage media, and Ethernet. Yamaha recently showed the prototype in action at the CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis, September 2005.

A single Blackfin Processor provides convergent processing for the Yamaha prototype. That is, the Blackfin architecture is able to perform both media and control processing for the Networked AV Center, eliminating the requirement for a separate digital signal processor (DSP) and microcontroller. The Blackfin Processor combines best-in-class DSP performance with microcontroller functionality, enabling a single chip media solution that can be augmented via software upgrade to keep ahead of the technology curve.

In the Yamaha prototype, the Blackfin Processor carries out high-performance video playback from PC and streaming sources via Ethernet, while simultaneously performing high-quality audio playback by decoding formats including AC3, DTS, MP3, AAC, and WMA.

The AV Centerís consumer-friendly design is also supported by the Blackfin Processorís ability to drive on-screen menus presented on a display, which lets users make their entertainment selections through a remote control device.

Source: Analog Devices

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