Analog Devices' Blackfin Provides Convergent Processing for Yamaha's Networked AV Center Prototype Design; Blackfin Processor chosen to power new class of home entertainment device combining audio and video processing

NORWOOD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Oct. 3, 2005— Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI), a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, announced today that its Blackfin(R) Processor has been implemented in a concept design for a Networked Audio/Video Center by Yamaha Corporation, a global leader in music equipment as well as home audio and video systems. Yamaha's prototype Networked AV Center 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.

According to Yamaha officials, digital audio and video are allowing people to enjoy entertainment at home more conveniently than ever, and the company's Networked AV Center prototype design makes listening to, viewing, and organizing that content a rewarding and seamless experience. Yamaha sought a processor that would bring together audio, video, and image processing and control functions just as seamlessly as their design objective.

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.

"This concept from Yamaha shows how a home entertainment system can successfully combine the convenience of a consumer-electronics product with PC-style features such as hard-disk storage, removable memory, and network connectivity. The Network AV Center is truly a superb showcase for the Blackfin Processor's convergent processing abilities," said Brian McAloon, vice president, DSP and Systems Products Group, Analog Devices, Inc.

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

Blackfin in Convergent Processing

Analog Devices' Blackfin Processors embody a new breed of 16/32-bit embedded processor with the industry's highest performance and power efficiency for applications where a convergence of capabilities -- multiformat audio, video, voice and image processing; multi-mode baseband and packet processing; and real-time security and control processing -- are critical. It is this powerful combination of software flexibility and scalability that has gained Blackfin widespread adoption in convergent applications such as portable and networked media players; automotive telematics, infotainment and driver assistance; satellite and terrestrial radio; and networked security systems. More information is available at

About Yamaha Corporation

Yamaha, founded in 1887, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of comprehensive music instruments. Yamaha has grown through developing a broad spectrum of businesses, including audio and video products, electronic devices and information technology products. In the audio and video products business fields, based on years of know-how in construction acoustics, semiconductor technology, and acoustic design, Yamaha offers digital home theater systems that fully exploit Yamaha's original digital sound field processing (DSP) technology. Yamaha is headquartered in Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka, Japan, and its group now has 89 sales and production subsidiaries.

About Analog Devices

Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Celebrating 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices' common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker "ADI" and is included in the S&P 500 Index.

Blackfin is a registered trademark of Analog Devices, Inc. All other trademarks included herein are the property of their respective owners.

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