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TI OSK speeds up ARM-plus-DSP SoC technology adoption

Posted: 24 Sep 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:arm-plus-dsp soc technology? portable data terminal? pdt? texas instruments? ti?

Promising to smooth the way for the adoption of ARM-plus-DSP SoC technology in the portable data terminal (PDT) market, Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) unveiled the OMAP5912 Starter Kit (OSK) that was manufactured by Spectrum Digital, a development systems supplier specializing in TI products and tools.

Priced at $295, the OSK gives designers an inexpensive, out-of-the-box entry point to leverage the benefits of an integrated ARM and DSP processor. According to TI, this development tool delivers an easy-to-use means of developing the software for the OMAP5912 processor as it powers intelligent, next-generation PDT applications.

"With the OSK, we have given developers a robust, simple and inexpensive way of accessing the benefits of dual core devices for PDT applications," said Gregory Mar, worldwide OMAP marketing manager for TI. "The OSK has all the source code, sample code, hardware, optimized peripherals and support packages to create a true out-of-the-box experience for PDT OEMs."

The new kit features the OMAP5912 processor, which is an ARM-plus-DSP SoC device designed for PDT applications requiring high-performance signal processing capabilities as well as high-level application support. The company's OMAP59xx platform is positioned to meet the needs of PDT developers and OEMs by providing real-time capabilities, high-performance data processing, and transfer acceleration of multimedia or analysis results plus required security features, all at the lowest power possible. The platform seamlessly integrates an ARM9 processor, a TMS320C55x DSP and PDT-focused peripherals on the same piece of silicon. This allows PDT designers to partition tasks between the ARM and DSP for increased performance, TI explained.

The OSK also gives developers the software needed to get through the design and test process. This includes a collection of board- and chip-specific libraries as well as a suite of development tools for Linux with an OMAP5912-specific Linux kernel. Developers can run C code on the ARM and DSP, while having access to source and sample code that can be manipulated in real-time. TI's Code Composer Studio IDE has been specially enhanced for the OMAP platform. With CCStudio, developers can optimize the real-time execution of applications to fully capitalize on the processing power of the OMAP5912 device.

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