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System Development and Programming with the 3rd and 4th Generation SHARC Processors

Course Description:

This is a practical course with ‘hands on’ training using the latest VisualDSP++ software development tools. The course starts with getting a good working understanding of the VDSP++ development environment, including the development of a simple 'C' application. Next, the core elements of the SHARC, which includes the Computational Units, the Data Address Generators, and the Program Sequencer, are examined in detail along with a brief overview of the relevant assembly code instructions. The core section is common to all members of the SHARC family. A number of simulator labs help in understanding operation of the individual elements. Memory configuration (both internal and external) is discussed next. Advanced instructions and SIMD operation are presented with a follow on lab on code optimization. The I/O peripherals, which include the DAI and DPI, are discussed in detail along with DMA operation between these peripherals and internal memory. This section also deals with system booting. Hardware development tools, such as evaluation boards and ICE’s are introduced with a follow on instructor led demonstration of an interrupt driven application for a hardware target. Throughout the course, the various aspects of the software development process using the latest tools are discussed including setting up and building projects, 'C' and assembly language programming, code debugging, simulation, and VDK. A detailed course outline can be found at WS_SHDEV_OUT.PDF.

Course Objectives:

The main course objective is to understand the SHARC architecture (with a focus on the ADSP-2136x/37x/4xx Sharc Processor Family members) sufficiently to enable DSP system designers to resolve hardware/software issues with their applications. Additional goals include gaining a thorough understanding of SHARC code development (using both assembly and 'C' ) using the latest software tools.

Who Should Attend:

System Designers needing to make informed decisions on design tradeoffs, Hardware Designers needing to develop external interfaces, and Code Developers needing to know how to get the highest performance from their algorithms. Although the focus of this workshop is on the 3rd and 4th Generation Sharc Processors, much of the workshop is applicable to other members of the SHARC family as well.


Previous embedded microprocessor experience (hardware and/or software) would be an asset.


3.5 days

Course Fee:

Register early and save 6% on the workshop fee:
$1500 USD (North America) / €1500 EUR (Europe) - If paid by company check, wire/ACH, or money order, on or before the Run/Cancel Decision Date

$1547 USD (North America) / €1547 EUR (Europe) - If paid by credit card or PayPal, on or before the Run/Cancel Decision Date

$1595 USD (North America) / €1595 EUR (Europe) - If paid after the Run/Cancel Decision Date



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