TI Introduces Flash-Based Digital Signal Controllers for Control Apps

10/22/2003 - Continuing to provide solutions that enable improved feature sets and functionality and allow embedded control developers to address increased system complexity for innovative products, Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE:TXN) announced unmatched levels of control optimized performance at a competitive low price with the TMS320F2801, TMS320F2806 and TMS320F2808 digital signal controllers. These new controllers provide a leading 100 MIPS for less than $5 in volume.

By leveraging TI´s leading digital signal processing (DSP) technology, the F2801, F2806 and F2808 controllers offer performance over 150 percent higher than other competitive flash-based control devices, which currently peak at 60 MIPS. The F2801 controller offers a leading 20 MIPS per dollar, 50 percent more than the closest competitor at 13 MIPS per dollar.

"TI is redefining performance versus price for the embedded control space in response to our customers´ requests," said Todd Solak, TMS320C2000ä worldwide marketing manager, TI. "By delivering control optimized high performance at a competitive low price, TI is paving the way for embedded control designers to migrate to digital signal controllers without giving up the control peripherals and ease of use they have come to expect from MCUs. They can now leverage TI DSP technology for performance, innovative integration and improved system efficiency in applications such as industrial drives, white goods and automotive systems."

Leading DSP Technology Enables Improved Product Features and Reduced System Costs
By designing with TI´s digital signal controllers, engineers can not only tap into a powerful, easily programmable platform, they can also develop products with increased system capability and functionality while reducing costs and time to market. For example, motor control designs can incorporate improved torque characteristics, such as torque at zero revolutions per minute (RPM) and lower torque ripples, while lowering overall system costs through the integration of external peripherals like pulse width modulators (PMW) and analog to digital converters (ADC). The core also integrates a number of additional peripherals, including:

TI´s high speed flash memory, which supports program execution at 85MIPS, provides designers with immediate access to large amounts of programmable data, allowing up to 64Kwords of storage with code security protection of important proprietary algorithms from theft or tampering, and 18Kwords of RAM for time-critical code or data requiring faster access.

Extensive Support for Faster Time to Market
Cross compatibility of the C2000 platform allows designers to start developing today with hardware tools like the TMS320F2812 Development Bundle (TMDXEVP2812), which gives system designers a complete and cost effective path to take their design from concept to production. TI´s extensive application specific software and signal processing libraries are standardized sets of software modules that can be seamlessly integrated within TI´s integrated development environment, Code Composer StudioTM (CCStudio), to serve as fundamental building blocks for embedded control designs. Leveraging these modules reduces time to market by enabling development of complete control applications without having to write optimized assembly language routines.

TI also offers a full array of training courses, including one-day seminars and multi-day workshops, at locations around the world.

Pricing and Availability
The F2801, 2806 and 2808 digital signal controllers extend the industry´s highest control optimized TMS320C28xä platform to nine code-compatible devices. The C28x platform also includes the new ROM-based TMS320C2810, C2811 and C2812, as well as, the TMS320F2811 which each offer up to 150MIPS of performance. Samples of the F280x digital signal controllers will be available in November 2004.

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