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DSP development kit eases biometric app development

Posted: 31 May 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DSP? development kit? biometrics?

Texas Instruments Inc. has introduced a scalable DSP development kit targeting real-time analytics applications, including face detection and fingerprint recognition. The TMS320C6748 enables systems to sense and analyze biometric information, thus improving access control.

The development kit comes pre-loaded with TI's C6748 SYS/BIOS Software Development Kit (SDK) which offers a few demonstrations for biometric analytics applications which can be the starting point for developing and demonstrating the real-time intelligence of TI's C674x DSPs. The SDK also includes the latest SYS/BIOS real-time kernel; the C6748 StarterWare software package, which provides lightweight, OS-independent software libraries and utilities; Code Generation Tools; as well as DSP core performance benchmarks that show the real-time processing power of TI's C674x DSPs. The C6748 SYS/BIOS SDK enables developers to run demos in less than 10 minutes and begin creating DSP applications in less than one hour. In addition to the SDK, the C6748 DSP development kit includes Code Composer Studio integrated development environment (IDE) v5.1

TI's C6748 DSP development kit also speeds and eases hardware development of real-time DSP applications. The board reduces design work with freely downloadable and duplicable board schematics and design files. With a wide variety of standard interfaces for connectivity and storage, developers can easily bring audio, video and other signals onto the board. In addition, expansion headers allow developers to add display and user interface technology, such as the camera board from Leopard Imaging and LCD screens, extending functionality of the development kit.

TI's scalable platform provides a variety of performance, power, peripheral and price options, which gives developers the opportunity to use the platform to create a varied product portfolio of their own. TI's C6748 DSP development kit is software and pin-to-pin compatible across TI's C6748, C6746 and C6742 DSPs and software compatible with other TMS320C6000 DSPs. In addition, developers can scale to the software and pin-for-pin compatible OMAP-L138 and OMAP-L132 DSP + ARM9 processors to add high-level operating systems such as Linux as well as control and networking functionality for applications such as industrial control, medical diagnostics, and communications.

TI's C6748 DSP development kit is currently available for $195. The C6748 SYS/BIOS SDK is pre-loaded with the C6748 StarterWare software package. Developers can obtain the SDK with a single download at, or download the StarterWare software package separately. The floating- and fixed-point C674x DSP generation is available today for a new low starting price of less than $5 in quantities of 10,000 units.

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