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TI introduces tool for evaluating C55x DSP devices

Posted: 24 Jan 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:TMS320C55x? power monitoring? Texas Instruments?

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced the availability of the TMS320C55x Power Optimization DSP Starter Kit (DSK) for evaluating C55x DSP devices. With a fully-integrated set of power estimation and measurement tools, including built-in, USB-based National Instruments (NI) measurement hardware for power monitoring, the DSK allows developers to plan, analyze, manage and optimize real-time power consumption.

The DSK is the result of a joint collaboration between TI, Spectrum Digital Inc. and NI. Priced at $495, this kit includes power planning tools, Code Composer Studio IDE v3.1 DSK tools, DSP/BIOS kernel v5.20 software with Power Manager, Power Scaling Libraries, NI Power Analyzer hardware and software, and a C5509A-based target board with on-board emulation and board support libraries from Spectrum Digital.

The press release from TI states that the C55x power planning tools enable developers to first estimate power consumption in order to select the right device and peripherals upon which to base a design. The kit then allows developers to measure power consumption through real-time profiling of DSP application code.

The company added that the tool lets developers evaluate low power C5503, C5507 and C5509A DSPs, as well as estimate and then accurately measure real-time power consumption. TI's eXpressDSP-based power optimization tools are said to eliminate the guesswork of reducing power consumption and allow developers to design products that consume only as much power as is actually necessary by dynamically turning off all peripherals and internal functional units when they are not needed.

Available for $495, the DSK includes a DSK version of Code Composer Studio Platinum, which is fully integrated with the eXpressDSP Power Design Tool Suite.

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