FAQ: I'm interested in the SHARC processor family but don’t know where to start?

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Question: I'm interested in the SHARC processor family and want to begin evaluating. Where should I begin?




*Note, although this FAQ is aimed at VisualDSP++ the latest version of tools is CrossCore Embedded Studio, details of which can be found in the following FAQ - CrossCore® Embedded Studio – Getting Started*


Firstly, we suggest that you download the 'Getting Started with SHARC Processors' manual from the following web page:




This manual introduces the SHARC processor family, discusses the evaluation process, selecting the appropriate software and hardware, and presents the support options available from ADI.


You can begin using VisualDSP++, the debugging environment for ADI processors right away by registering for and downloading a free 90-day Test Drive: www.analog.com/processors/testdrive


Note: A Test Drive license enables emulator debug sessions and simulator debug sessions only.


Once VisualDSP++ 5.0 is installed we recommend following the exercises in the 'VisualDSP++ 5.0 Getting Started Guide'. The Guide is available within VisualDSP++ HELP or from the ADI website at: www.analog.com/processors/manuals


This guide provides basic and advanced tutorials that highlight many VisualDSP++ features. By completing the step-by-step procedures, you will become familiar with the VisualDSP++ environment and learn how to use these features in your own digital signal processing (DSP) development projects.


On the Manuals page you will find all available SHARC processor and software manuals as well as manuals for all SHARC EZ-KITs.


Should you have any further questions please visit the SHARC Processors homepage: http://www.analog.com/sharc


Or contact VisualDSP++ tools support online: http://www.analog.com/processors/support