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NI, TI and Spectrum Digital partner in new DSP Starter Kit

Posted: 06 Feb 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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National Instruments (NI) announced its collaboration with Texas Instruments (TI) and Spectrum Digital in the development of the new TI C55X Power Optimization DSP Starter Kit (DSK), which is touted to be the industry's first DSP design tool to offer designers incorporated test and measurement functionality.

The new kit incorporates virtual instrumentationcombining NI's USB-based measurement hardware with a power monitoring application based on NI LabVIEW softwareto deliver a complete set of power estimation and measurement tools for accurately planning, analyzing, managing and optimizing real-time power consumption. According to the press release, this kit offers a 10x increase in efficiency over traditional methods for power monitoring, which entail purchasing a DSP and expensive power monitoring hardware separately.

"By incorporating National Instruments measurement capabilities into this DSK, we offer our customers a significant value-add over other DSP development tools on the market," said John Dixon, low-power DSP marketing manager for TI. "In addition to saving weeks to months in the development cycles, the DSK offers visibility into power consumption that helps OEMs achieve greater power efficiency than ever before, giving their products a clear competitive edge over less efficient designs."

Since the TI C55X Power Optimization DSK includes built-in NI software and hardware, designers can now more easily monitor power at various stages in the DSP chip operation. Understanding a design's power consumption is not only especially important for engineers developing battery-powered devices, said NI, but is also significant for optimizing energy efficiency in AC-powered designs.

In addition to built-in power monitoring hardware and ready-to-run monitoring software, the new DSK includes power scaling libraries as part of the TI Code Composer Studio and a daughtercard interface for features such as screen and fingerprint ID. Designers can also set triggers in the TI Code Composer Studio that can be read by the Power Monitor application based on LabVIEW to analyze power consumption during a specific code segment.

The DSK is built on a robust C5509A-based target board complete with onboard emulation and board support libraries from Spectrum Digital. It also provides expansion connectors for custom user logic along with audio input and outputs via an TLV320AIC23B codec.

Kristi Hobbs, NI data acquisition product manager, said that the combined prototyping and test tool is a first for the industry and raises the bar for future embedded tools. "National Instruments is excited to provide embedded developers a comprehensive solution for monitoring power consumption on their designs at a great value," Hobbs said.

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