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Avnet Electronics Marketing Celebrates Shark Week with Additions to Analog Devices Blackfin BF609 Embedded Vision Starter Kit


PHOENIX – engineers can take a bite out of Shark Week with the latest offerings related to the Analog Devices Blackfin BF609 Embedded Vision Starter Kit from Avnet Electronics Marketing, an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT). The development kit for the Analog Devices dual-core Blackfin BF609 processor offers an updated pipelined vision processor (PVP) programmer and a new lens adapter. Designers who want to attack their embedded vision applications can also find new strategies with five training videos on

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The new PVP Programmer add-in to the Blackfin development tool, CrossCore® Embedded Studio, enables a new, streamlined configuration of the PVP found in ADSP-BF60x parts. The new FinBoard Lens Adapter eases machine vision surveillance application development by enabling a user to attach a standard C-mount lens commonly found in machine vision surveillance cameras.

New tutorials on include two introductory videos: “Introducing FinBoard,” and “Introducing the ADSP-BF609 Blackfin Processor.” Designers can also find a three-part FinBoard On-Ramp Technical Session™ that includes “Introduction to Pixel Processing,” “BDTI Finding Objects Using Canny Edge Detection, an Algorithm Overview,” and “BDTI Finding Objects in Live Video Using the Blackfin BF609 Canny Edge Detection.”

“The Analog Devices Blackfin BF609 Embedded Vision Starter Kit offers design teams virtually everything they need to get a visual analytics application up and running, with virtually no cost barrier,” said Jim Beneke vice president, global technical marketing, Avnet Electronics Marketing. “With its latest updates and tutorial videos, this development kit is poised to enable applications across multiple markets.”

“Customers have been very happy with the smooth, out-of-box experience of the Embedded Vision Starter Kit, including set up, loading of development tools and how quickly the interactive dice counting demo example runs. Being able to instantly see the results of the dual-core Blackfin BF60x processor running intensive, real-time embedded vision algorithms has really impressed the developers working with the kit,” said Analog Devices, Inc. Director of Product Marketing Colin Duggan.

The Analog Devices Blackfin BF609 Embedded Vision Starter Kit includes a single board featuring all the blocks necessary to prototype an embedded vision application, including the Analog Devices BF609 dual core processor, a high-definition CMOS color sensor with replaceable lens for video input, HDMI / DVI port for output, 10/100 Ethernet and LED target illumination. The kit also includes a USB-based In-Circuit Emulator providing an easy, portable, non-intrusive, debugging solution for the Kit.

Two 6-month unrestricted versions of CrossCore® Embedded Studio are included with tutorials to demonstrate ease of use of the tools and the speed at which designers can develop applications with Blackfin BF609 Embedded Vision Starter Kit. In addition, the kit includes drivers, example software, and a unique machine vision dice counting software reference design, developed by BDTI, providing commented source code utilizing the Blackfin core and the Pipelined Video Processor.

Target markets for the kit include:
• Industrial/Machine vision
• Military vision applications
• Safety monitoring
• Security camera analytics
• Robot vision
• Traffic/Vehicle monitoring/tracking
• Building automation
• Bar code scanning
• Digital signage
• Gesture recognition
• Medical vision applications
• Thermal imaging cameras

The resale price of the starter kit is $299, with an introductory price of $199 for the first 500 kits sold. For more information on the Finboard community – starter kits, videos, future trainings and more, go to

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Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. that serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in more than 70 countries, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated design-chain and supply-chain services. The group’s website is located at

About Avnet, Inc.
Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners’ success by connecting the world’s leading technology suppliers with a broad base of customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012, Avnet generated revenue of $25.7 billion. For more information, visit


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