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Partnership speeds multicore dev't on TI's TMS320C66x DSPs

Posted: 16 Aug 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:TMS320C66x? AdvancedMC? AMC-2C6678? Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA? Serial RapidIO?

CommAgility and PolyCore Software (PSI) have announced a collaboration that aims to increase multicore software development with tools for CommAgility's DSP boards. PSI's Poly-Platform claims to ease multicore programming, saving development time and enabling OEMs to bring products to market faster.

Poly-Platform is a collection of productivity tools and runtime communications engine that PSI plans to port to several of CommAgility's AdvancedMC modules. Through a GUI, Poly-Platform cuts development time and cost for migrating applications to, and developing applications for, multicore platforms, stated the company. It also provides tools to optimize run-time performance, enabling designers to get the most from TI's multicore DSPs.

The first board supported will be the CommAgility AMC-2C6678 module, a high performance signal processing card that provides two fixed and floating-point TMS320C6678 DSPs from TI, each with eight 1.25GHz C66x cores. The AMC-2C6678 also includes a Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA and a range of I/O with Gigabit Ethernet and Serial RapidIO (SRIO).

As well as multiple cores on one board, the Poly-Platform also provides support for more than one AMC-2C6678 module in a system. The module's IDT CPS-1848 Gen2 SRIO switch provides a 20Gb/s per port Serial RapidIO infrastructure, which enables fast data transfer between DSPs and the FPGAboth on-board and off-board between multiple modules.

The collaboration between PSI and CommAgility is aimed at applications that require the high levels of performance provided by multicore DSPs, across sectors including telecoms, networking, medical and military/aerospace.

Support is also planned for CommAgility boards to be announced later this year, which will include multiple TI TMS320C6678 DSPs.





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