11/17/2003 - Fueling innovation with affordable, high performance digital signal processing (DSP) technology, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced the TMS320C6412 DSP, which reduces overall system costs and opens the door to designers in need of affordable DSPs to handle high performance capabilities. The C6412 is suited for a wide variety of high-performance applications and is particularly ideal in signal processing areas such as telecom infrastructure, networking and high-end imaging. This is due in part to a rich set of peripherals, including an on-chip Ethernet MAC (media access controller), peripheral component interconnect (PCI) port, host port interface (HPI) as well as generous on-chip random access memory (RAM). The C6412 DSP is sampling today in both 500 and 600 MHz versions. For more information, see: www.ti.com/c6412launch.
"Developers of high end DSP applications continue to demand more performance at a lower price," said Will Strauss, president, Forward Concepts. "With the TMS320C6412, TI is addressing the market need, offering developers a compelling combination of high performance, rich peripherals and on-chip memory at a reasonable price."
DSP tailored for networking, telecom and high-end imaging
For networking, telecom infrastructure and high-end imaging applications such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), visual inspection, high-end professional still cameras and video infrastructure, the new C6412 DSP offers three aspects that make it exceptionally attractive:
The right mix of peripherals, performance, on-chip memory and price allows for system simplification and reduced requirements for external memory, which translates into fewer components, a smaller, less expensive PC board and, ultimately, a lower cost end-user product. Also, code compatibility with the C6412 and other C6000TM devices allows customers to not only port existing code to this new device, but also ensure they will be able to take advantage of future devices in the C6000 platform as they become available.
"Working with samples while under evaluation agreements, customers have already found the combination of features extremely attractive," said Thomas Brooks, TMS320C6000TM marketing manager, TI. "One early adopter designed a telecom infrastructure card using eight DSPs from a chip competitor. The customer soon discovered that as few as two C6412 DSPs could handle twice the number of channels, and by eliminating extra devices the company was able to significantly decrease the end users' cost per channel."
Tools for fast design-ins
Engineers can immediately evaluate their design with this new DSP thanks to the TMS320C6416 DSP Starter Kit (DSK). It contains a development board with 512K-Bytes of Flash, 16M-Bytes of SDRAM, the Code Composer StudioTM (CCStudio) Integrated Development Environment (IDE) and a USB cable for attaching to a host PC.
The C6412 DSP is supported by TI's eXpressDSPTM software and development tools, including CCStudio IDE, the industry's most easy-to-use DSP IDE, and the DSP/BIOSTM real-time kernel. TI's library of DSP and imaging software modules, best-in-class software development tools and eXpressDSP-compliant application-specific software from the DSP industry's largest third party network all add up to faster time to market for the designers of affordable high-performance applications.
Pricing and Availability
TI is currently sampling the TMS320C6412, available in both 500 and 600 MHz clock speeds, with production scheduled for 2Q04. Pricing starts at $39.95 for 10 KU at 500 MHz. The C6416 DSK is also available today for $395 (see www.ti.com/c6000dsksp).
Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analog technologies to meet our customers' real world signal processing requirements. In addition to Semiconductor, the company's businesses include Sensors & Controls, and Educational & Productivity Solutions. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design or sales operations in more than 25 countries. Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN. More information is located on the World Wide Web at www.ti.com.
TI DSP Third Parties Provide Fast-Start DSP Algorithms for New Texas Instruments TMS320C6412 Processor
Application software from the TI DSP third party network enables designers of next-generation networking, telecom infrastructure and high-end imaging applications to seamlessly integrate features that take advantage of the highly integrated TMS320C6412 DSP. Customers can take advantage of pre-written, optimized code allowing them to accelerate their time to market.
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