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Upgraded RapidFET complements TI DSPs in network management

Posted: 18 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Fabric Embedded Tools? FET? Texas Instruments? TI? RapidFET?

Fabric Embedded Tools Corp. (FET) has announced the availability of the version 2.1 release of RapidFET, which leverages host capable Serial RapidIO endpoints such as Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) DSPs. RapidFET is a network management and diagnostic tool that work well with TI's TMS320C6455 and TMS320TCI6482 DSPs to configure systems quickly, isolate problems and manage system traffic.

As communications networks continue to grow in complexity, base station and other telecom equipment manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to add performance and simplify system design and management. Based on TI's TMS320C64x+ DSP core, the company's DSP platforms with embedded Serial RapidIO interface are designed specifically to address the high-bandwidth requirements of today's leading edge communications systems. While Serial RapidIO based systems have advantages over legacy bus topologies in complex communications systems, their operation requires devices to be initialized and enumerated, as well as configuration of route tables for switches. With the help of graphical, easy to use tools such as RapidFET, communications OEMs can streamline system design, configuration and debug, thus overcoming system complexity and delivering efficient solutions, according to the company.

Homogenous processing platforms
Combining the TMS320C6455 DSP and TMS320TCI6482 DSP with RapidFET enables TI DSPs to easily boot, monitor and debug Serial RapidIO based systems. This allows developers to use the cost-efficient, low-power, high-performance characteristics of TI DSPs to create homogenous processing platforms, eliminating the need to use separate host controllers as seen in traditional architectures, the company said. The benefits of such homogenous systems include load balancing, inherent redundancy, simpler system design, smaller bill of materials and lower system maintenance costs. Such an implementation allows designers to let any TI DSP act as system debugging device or as a host to configure system resources and route tables. Not only are real time system performance-monitoring and diagnostics simplified, they can also be performed remotely, saving a costly maintenance "truck roll" to the site to analyze and solve the problem.

Manipulating DSP features
Even though RapidFET enables interaction with a system map by the push of a button, it also has command line control that allows designers to view and manipulate low levels of TI DSP features and capabilities in order to optimize system behavior. RapidFET also identifies and highlights faults and lets designers leverage the capabilities of Serial RapidIO in monitoring system health and potentially fixing errors, thus lowering development costs and accelerating time-to-market. In addition, RapidFET software on TI DSPs facilitates board level testing and enables interoperability testing with other Serial RapidIO enabled devices.

TI's TMS320C6455 and TMS320TCI6482 DSPs and the RapidFET software are available today.

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? TMS320C6455 TMS320C6455 Fixed-Point Digital Signal Processor (Rev. H) EDA - IC Design



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