Texas Instruments Ramps up Low Cost, High-Performance TMS320C64x DSPs

12/21/2004 - Reinforcing its commitment to high performance devices at incredible values, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced full volume production of two high performance digital signal processors (DSP), the TMS320C6410 and TMS320C6413. Available at breakthrough price points and targeting packet-switched telecom, media gateways and other cost-sensitive, high performance applications, the new devices further strengthen TIs high-performance roadmap in the DSP market with additional memory, peripheral and lower price options.

TI Extends Roadmap with New "Performance Value" Vector
These devices are part of the performance value vector that was added to the roadmap in April 2004. This extension to the roadmap refers to new lower price devices in the high-performance C64xTM generation, and C64x devices that lower system cost through lower device prices and extensive peripheral integration. This vector not only includes the C6413 device but also includes the TMS320C6410 DSP which provides more than 6X performance per dollar improvement over high-end C64x devices announced in 2002 and is priced at only $17.95. With this vector, TI is lowering the entry price point so that customers can get the needed performance to create new and innovative applications that will shape the industry in the coming years.

"The C64x generation has long offered leadership performance. We are excited to be shipping in volume production even lower entry pricing to the high performance class of C64x DSP applications," says Thomas Brooks, TMS320C6000TM marketing manager, TI. "Devices like the C6410 and C6413 DSPs are bringing our customers higher performance at a lower cost and enabling developers to lower the cost of telecom, media gateways, medical, industrial, office and photo lab equipment, making them more competitive in the market."

Customers Require High-Performance and Low-Cost
The C6410, priced at $17.95, offers a substantial price/performance ratio of 89 MMACs (Million Multiply Accumulates) per dollar, while the C6413, priced at $28.95, offers 69 MMACS per dollar at a clock rate of 500 MHz. This is a 6X per dollar improvement over previous C64x devices.

Integrated on-chip are two standard McBSPs for multi-channel clocked serial communication, two Audio Serial Ports compatible with IIS and common stereo codecs, a 16-/32-bit microprocessor Host Port Interface, and two IIC control serial ports. Also included is an on-chip oscillator that lowers overall system cost by enabling developers to use a lower cost crystal in place of an external oscillator.

Get Started Today with a Variety of Software and Development Tools
Two development boards are available today to allow designers ease of development on their C64x DSP designs, the new C6413 evaluation module (EVM) and the TMS320C6416T DSP Starter Kit (DSK), co-developed with Spectrum Digital. The DSK contains a C6416T-based development board, easy to use examples, tutorials, TIs DSP/BIOS operating system, and off-the-shelf algorithms ready to run from our DSP Third Party Network. The C6413 EVM board contains the 500 MHz TMS320C6413, ample on-board memory and interfaces through a standard JTAG interface to the development system. The C6416T, C6413 and C6410 DSPs are 100 percent software code compatible along with the rest of the entire TMS320C6000TM platform, which enables developers to achieve faster time to market for new designs. With these two development platforms, designers have two excellent ways to begin development of key pieces of the system, specifically algorithms, control code and initial software system integration. For more details, or to purchase the C6413 EVM, go to: www.spectrumdigital.com/cgi/catalog.cgi?show_product=701884.

The C6410 and C6413 DSPs are supported by TIs eXpressDSP software and development tools including the Code Composer StudioTM Integrated Development Environment (IDE), enabling faster time to market for their real-time embedded applications. The C64x generation is also backed by an extensive third-party network offering application-specific algorithms for many applications including specific algorithms for the major voice and audio standards. To see a sampling of available voice and audio algorithms on the C64x DSPs, please see: www.ti.com/performancevaluepr.

Pricing and Availability
The TMS320C6410 running at 400 MHz with 160 Kbytes total memory is $17.95 (10Ku), and the 500 MHz TMS320C6413 has 288 Kbytes total memory and costs $28.95 (10Ku). Both are packaged in a 23 mm x 23 mm flip-chip BGA package (288 pins, 4 rows, 1.0 mm BGA pitch), which allows four layer board routing.

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