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TI DSPs offer substantial price/performance ratio

Posted: 29 Dec 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:texas instruments? ti? digital signal processor? dsp? tms320c6410?

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced full volume production of its two high performance digital signal processors (DSP)the TMS320C6410 and tms320c6413.

Targeting packet-switched telecom, media gateways and other cost-sensitive, high performance applications, these new devices are part of the performance value vector that was added to the company's roadmap in April 2004. This extension to the roadmap refers to new lower price devices in the high-performance C64x generation, and C64x devices that lower system cost through lower device prices and extensive peripheral integration, the press release explained.

"The C64x generation has long offered leadership performance. We are excited to be shipping in volume production even lower entry pricing to the high performance class of C64x DSP applications," said Thomas Brooks, TMS320C6000 marketing manager. "Devices like the C6410 and C6413 DSPs are bringing our customers higher performance at a lower cost and enabling developers to lower the cost of telecom, media gateways, medical, industrial, office and photo lab equipment, making them more competitive in the market."

The C6410, priced at $17.95, offers a substantial price/performance ratio of 89 MMACs (Million Multiply - Accumulates) per dollar, while the C6413, priced at $28.95, offers 69 MMACS per dollar at a clock rate of 500MHz. According to TI, this is a 6X per dollar improvement over previous C64x devices. Integrated on-chip are two standard McBSPs for multi-channel clocked serial communication, two Audio Serial Ports compatible with IIS and common stereo codecs, a 16-/32bit microprocessor Host Port Interface, and two IIC control serial ports. Also included is an on-chip oscillator that lowers overall system cost by enabling developers to use a lower cost crystal in place of an external oscillator.

Two development boards are available to allow designers ease of development on their C64x DSP designsthe new C6413 evaluation module (EVM) and the TMS320C6416T DSP starter kit (DSK), co-developed with Spectrum Digital. The DSK contains a C6416T-based development board, easy to use examples, tutorials, TI's DSP/BIOS OS, and off-the-shelf algorithms ready to run from our DSP Third Party Network.

The C6413 EVM board contains the 500MHz TMS320C6413, ample on-board memory and interfaces through a standard JTAG interface to the development system. The C6416T, C6413 and C6410 DSPs are 100 percent software code compatible along with the rest of the entire TMS320C6000 platform.

The C6410 and C6413 DSPs are supported by the company's eXpressDSP software and development tools, including the Code Composer Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE). The C64x generation is also backed by an extensive third-party network offering application-specific algorithms for many applications, including specific algorithms for the major voice and audio standards.

The TMS320C6410 running at 400MHz with 160KB total memory is $17.95, and the 500MHz TMS320C6413 has 288KB total memory and costs $28.95. Both are packaged in a 23-by-23mm flip-chip BGA package (288 pins, 4 rows, 1mm BGA pitch), which allows four layer board routing.

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