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TI starter kits provide low-cost DSP designs

Posted: 25 Jun 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:texas instruments? tms320c64x? dsp? tms320c67x? dsp starter kit?

Texas Instruments (TI) has announced the availability of two low-cost DSP starter kits (DSKs) for the TMS320C64x and the TMS320C67x. The DSKs, co-developed with Spectrum Digital, provide complete hardware and software platforms for the development of systems based on TI's TMS320C6000 DSPs.

With USB plug n' play functionality, interfaces to application-specific daughter cards, downloadable source code and a full-featured DSK version of the company's Code Composer Studio, the DSKs speed up time-to-market for developers, especially those who are new to high-performance DSPs.

The C6416 fixed-point DSK is suitable for use in multi-channel wireless, video and media infrastructure, video/imaging, network and other processing-intensive applications, while the C6713 floating-point DSK is suitable for high-precision applications in the audio, medical imaging, test and instrumentation, and automotive markets.

To ease development of these systems, the kits have been designed to simplify hardware connectivity and speed code development with USB and expansion card interfaces and greater on-board memory. The tools for these DSKs include device simulators to provide support for advanced tools such as cache analysis and the profiling of multiple events to allow increased visibility into system behavior for developers of highly demanding applications.

The products also include expansion port connectors that interface to plug-in modules from TI and its third party network to extend the development system for networking, video, and other applications.

Included on board the C6416 DSK are 16MB of SDRAM, a TMS320C6416 DSP that can achieve up to 4,800MIPS in performance, a two-level cache, and a VLIW parallelism that is capable of performing eight 32-bit instructions per cycle.

The C6713 DSK includes 8MB of on-board SDRAM, an emulation header, a TMS320C6713 DSP that can achieve up to 1,800MIPS and 1,350MFLOPS, a two-level cache, and VLIW architecture.

Both devices are priced at $395 per unit.

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