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Analog Devices' Semiconductor Advancements Enable New Surveillance and Security Products.

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IFSEC & Security Solutions Conference (Booth #Q10)--Security experts will gather in England this week to explore new techniques made possible through advances in semiconductor technology, including tiny fingerprint sensors and cameras that use digital image processing to sense motion. Chipmaker Analog Devices, Inc., a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, is showcasing technologies that enable advances in safety and security systems at this year's International Fire and Security Exhibition and Conference (IFSEC) being held in Birmingham, U.K., May 10-14.

IFSEC, the security industry's premier event, will feature ADI's latest chips for security camera innovations, including broadband-based solutions like video-over-Ethernet cameras that provide full-color, full-motion, real-time digital image compression for IP-based remote surveillance networks. ADI will also demonstrate new digital imaging chip technologies that for the first time are driving fingerprint recognition systems into consumer electronics and other cost-conscious mass markets.

"Government, university, and commercial research into visual signal processing technologies is proceeding at an aggressive pace. At ADI, we now have two engineering design centers fully devoted to image processing applications and numerous centers around the world providing research to varying degrees," said Bill Bucklen, product line director, Analog Devices. "At the current pace of development, in the not too distant future, we envision fingerprint sensors used to access cars, computers and homes."

About the Fingerprint Recognition Products

At IFSEC, Analog Devices will demonstrate its commitment to the rapidly growing biometrics industry by showcasing a fingerprint recognition system based on the Blackfin(R) Processor and AuthenTec TruePrint(R) sensor. AuthenTec Inc. is the leading semiconductor provider of fingerprint sensors to the PC, wireless, and PDA, access control and automotive markets and has designed the Blackfin into its FingerLoc AFS8600 Embedded Developer's Kit. The TruePrint sensor captures a fingerprint image within a fraction of a second, while the Blackfin Processor meets the demanding signal processing requirements of AuthenTec's AFS8600 EDK for fingerprint matching subsystems.

The combination of the TruePrint sensor and Blackfin Processor enables AuthenTec to drive security features such as fingerprint recognition into the consumer electronics and other markets that previously could not afford to offer advanced biometric sensing. The AFS8600 EDK is an embedded developer's kit for fingerprint sensor matching subsystems that are sold to manufacturers who design these subsystems into their own products. The EDK consists of AuthenTec's silicon-based sensor (i.e., an image processing chip); a database of fingerprint matching software; the Blackfin Processor, which performs all the memory caching and computation; and documentation and support.

About the ADV202

Also at IFSEC, Analog Devices will demonstrate its ability to support flexible, lower cost, easier to build closed-circuit television (CCTV) networks using video-over-Ethernet (VOE) technology and the industry's JPEG2000 image compression standard. VOE is designed to displace coaxial cable-based CCTV by allowing end users to build an entire complex of security cameras that runs over an existing Ethernet computer network. Analog Devices' ADV202 JPEG2000 codec enables the adoption of VOE networks as the industry's only codec that provides real-time JPEG2000 compression and decompression of both standard- and high-definition video signals.

Unlike older DCT-based (discrete cosine transform) compression algorithms, the ADV202 codec's support of JPEG2000 enables the resolution and quality level of compressed images to be scaled without any transcoding, allowing CCTV operators to display varying video quality levels and video frame rates from the same JPEG2000 code stream, thus supporting simultaneous display of video on a CRT monitor, laptop, or handheld device.

About the Network Camera Chipset

Analog Devices additionally will showcase its Blackfin(R) BRAVO(TM) network camera chipset and reference design, which provide the core components necessary to build a full-color, full-motion (up to 30-frames-per-second) VOE network camera. The Blackfin BRAVO NetCam reference design comes complete with an embedded web (http) server that allows users to remotely access, control, and view live, full-motion video from anywhere in the world via any personal computer or other device that has a standard Microsoft(R) Internet Explorer or Netscape(R) browser. An embedded streaming server provides live streaming audio and video and is compatible with players such as QuickTime(R). The design supports video input from any standard NTSC/PAL analog camera or CMOS sensor.

The BRAVO chipset is based on Analog Devices' high-performance Blackfin Processor and provides a lower-cost alternative to competing camera designs that must use both a microprocessor and fixed-function ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit). Additionally, the BRAVO chipset's software reprogrammable architecture supports multiple compression standards, such as JPEG, MJPEG, MPEG-4 and H.264 (future), and can be remotely upgraded to add or enhance camera features. The reference design includes the BRAVO chipset and all hardware and software documentation, schematics, Gerber files, and other data needed to build a fully functional network camera, while Analog Devices offers full hardware, software, and system support. For more information on Blackfin, please visit

About Analog Devices

Analog Devices is a leading manufacturer of precision high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications. The company is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, and employs approximately 8,600 people worldwide. It has manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts, California, North Carolina, Ireland, the Philippines and the United Kingdom. Analog Devices' stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the company is included in the S&P 500 Index.
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