Quickfilter Technologies Announces Expansion of Sensor-based Programmable Signal Processing Product Line

August 25, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology News
Dallas, Texas based Quickfilter Technologies is a high-value, mixed signal, fabless semiconductor company focused in the sensor-based programmable signal processing marketplace. Quickfilter Technologies has assembled, and continues to enhance, an experienced and aggressive senior team to create and manage innovative product development, manufacturing, and distribution processes. The developments have lead to an expansion of the companyís digital signal processing product line.

The initial product set consists of the QF4A512 Programmable Signal Converter and the QF4A512-DK Development Kit. The QF4A512 Programmable Signal Converter is an integrated circuit (IC) which converts up to four analog signals to four digital bit streams and then allows for complex filtering of the four digital bit streams simultaneously. The QF4A512-DK Development Kit contains the Quickfilter-ProTM software and a development board which enables an engineer to rapidly design and prototype digital filters. What used to take hours or days can now be done in a matter of minutes with the Quickfilter solution. Benefits include reduced development time, lower development cost, reduced time to market, plus a highly integrated, low cost, end product. Once the QF4A512 IC is programmed with the Quickfilter-ProTM software, the IC is ready for immediate use in the customerís end product. This product set is currently in production and shipping to customers.

The second product set consists of the QF1D512 Simple and versatile FIR engine (SavFIReTM) and the QF1D512-DK Development Kit. The QF1D512 is a very low power and low cost programmable digital filter that is able to interface to a wide variety of analog to digital converters or act as FIR engine co-processor to an MCU. The QF1D512-DK Development Kit is a modified version of the initial product set that allows the customer to not only design a complex digital filter but also configure the IC for interfacing to their own ADC or MCU. Customers are able to insert the QF1D512 into their design with minimum of time and cost thus adding a very powerful filtering engine to their end product. This product set will be formally announced and available end of September 2006.

The latest product, MSP-Mojo, has been designed as a plug-in target board for the TI eZ430-F2013 MSP430 USB Stick Development Tool. Until now, a high-level of filtering performance such as precision digital filtering would have required migrating from the low-power MSP430 microcontroller to a higher-powered controller such as a digital signal processor (DSP) or a field programmable gate array (FPGA). MSP-Mojo features an MSP430F2013 MCU and a QF1D512 SavFIReTM chip, along with an input jack for connecting an analog input signal source. An expansion header (header pins included) allows for connection to a userís target system, application breadboard or the QF1D512-DK Development Kit.

Quickfilter Technology is protected by five filed patents having more than 120 claims (two patents have been issued and the rest are pending).

About Quickfilter Technologies:
Quickfilter Technologies offers a family of mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs) for signal conditioning and digital signal processing / filtering for sensor based applications including industrial control and monitoring, medical patient monitoring and diagnostic equipment, wireless sensor networks, and many more. You can find out more about Quickfilter Technologies on their web site at: http://www.quickfiltertech.com/