TI Ramps up Production of Industry's First 90nm DSPs Running at 1 GHz

11/10/2004 - Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN) (TI) once again raises the standard for high performance as the first company to reach volume production with 1 GHz digital signal processors (DSPs) and the first DSPs manufactured on a 90 nanometer (nm) process technology. Already shipping to more than 70 customers, the 90 nm versions of the TMS320C6414T, TMS320C6415T and TMS320C6416T DSPs offer not only high performance but also lower cost. By also migrating the 720 MHz versions of these three devices to TI's advanced, 90nm CMOS process, the company has achieved a 50 percent price reduction for customers versus the 130nm 720 MHz devices. TI is also announcing a new 1 GHz DSP Starter Kit (DSK) and EEMBC benchmarks that certify the DSPs as the industry’s highest ranking performance leader. For more information, please see: www.ti.com/1ghzproductionpr.

"TI is experiencing a lot of demand for these 90nm devices to enable higher channel density in communications infrastructure, a market that has been traditionally very strong for the TMS320C64xTM generation of DSPs as well as the exploding market of video infrastructure," said Gene Frantz, principal fellow, TI. "Innovative applications such as self-navigating, autonomous vehicles, complex vision systems that can make decisions and high-quality medical imaging without compromise become not only possible but cost-effective to manufacture. We look forward to the innovation that TI's technology enables for our customers and their future end products."

1 GHz DSPs Lead in Industry and Application Benchmarks
Moving to TI's advanced 90nm CMOS process technology and 1 GHz speeds gives customers access to performance and power improvements such as processing up to eight channels of MPEG-2 video transrating, and according to Avi Fisher, CTO at Surf Communications, 64 universal and up to 128 simple voice ports in telecom infrastructure applications on a single device. Achieving these performance levels in a single chip can allow developers to avoid complexities of multi-processor designs. The C64xTM DSP generation is also well-suited for packet telephony applications that include data and video. Benchmarked independently, the 1 GHz TMS320C64x DSP achieved an assembly optimized Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) Telecom benchmark score of 873.1, the highest score ever achieved by any DSP. The Out-of-Box and Optimized C scores were also industry best, confirming TI's C compiler leadership.

“TI continues their EEMBC score leadership trend with its blazing fast 1 GHz TMS320C641xT DSPs, the highest performing general-purpose DSPs ever benchmarked by the consortium,” said Markus Levy, president, EEMBC.

Building around a DSP core that can execute four parallel 16-bit MAC units (eight 8-bit MAC units for video applications), the C641xT DSPs offer one Megabyte (MB) of on-chip high-speed memory and high-speed peripherals that accelerate processing of real-time data. The devices include a 64-channel enhanced direct memory access (EDMA) controller delivering input/output efficiency that manages data transfer from system memory at gigabytes per second, three multi-channel buffered serial ports (McBSPs) each supporting 128 time-division multiplex (TDM) channels as well as AC97 and IIS audio interfaces, and on-board Viterbi and Turbo coprocessors on the C6416T to further improve the channel capacity of communications infrastructure systems.

Leveraging TI's Technology and Manufacturing Strengths
TI’s advanced 90nm CMOS process drives cost-effective, DSP solutions with high levels of performance and power savings demonstrating its ability to pack over 65 million transistors on this high performance DSP. The 90nm process can support transistors as small as 37nm and deliver up to a 50 percent improvement in transistor performance over its fastest 130nm transistor.

The new 1GHz DSPs are manufactured today on 200mm, copper wafers; however TI recently qualified 90nm process in its DMOS6 advanced 300mm manufacturing facility to provide additional manufacturing capacity and cost advantages. TI’s achievements are a result of the company maintaining its own technology roadmap and manufacturing, and close collaboration with product design and development teams, to deliver cost-effective, differentiated products with fast time to market.

Tuning the Performance of Your DSP Code
Committed to enabling engineers to push designs to their utmost limits, TI offers the industry's most comprehensive development platform, from the Code Composer StudioTM (CCStudioTM) Integrated Development Environment to the industry's best optimizing compiler. CCStudio’s newest Tuning Edition tools proactively review program code, track potential areas for improvement and offer suggestions to help programmers optimize system performance and memory usage. These powerful, yet easy-to-use features speed development time and help programmers unleash the full potential of TI's TMS320C6000TM DSP platform devices.

To get application developers started designing immediately, TI offers the new 1GHz C6416T DSP Starter Kit (DSK), complete with off-the-shelf application algorithms, tutorials, reference framework support, CCStudio and the DSP/BIOSTM real-time kernel.

Pricing and Availability
The C641xT devices are shipping now in volume quantities in a variety of configurations, with 1 GHz, 720 MHz and 600 MHz versions. Pricing starts at $189 for the 1 GHz C6414T with 1 MB of on-chip memory in 10,000 unit production quantities. The 720 MHz versions of these devices will also be available with up to a 50 percent price reduction versus previous 130nm versions, including the 90 nm 720 MHz C6415T with 1 MB of on-chip memory starting at $99.97 in 10,000 unit production quantities. The 1 GHz C6416T DSP Starter Kit (DSK) is $495.

Detailed benchmark scores on the TMS320C6416T are available at www.ti.com/ebenchmarks and www.eembc.org.

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