4/27/2004 - Providing developers with even better value for high performance devices to drive future innovations, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) announced two new high performance digital signal processors (DSP), the TMS320C6410 and TMS320C6413, available at breakthrough price points. Targeting packet-switched telecom including video over IP and other cost-sensitive, high performance applications, the new devices provide TMS320C64xTM performance with additional memory, peripheral and lower price options. Extending the C64xTM roadmap to include these new low-cost devices, a new performance value vector has been added to the roadmap, including the TMS320C6410 DSP, which provides more than 6X performance per dollar improvement over high-end C64x devices developed in 2002 and is priced at only $17.95.
Customers Require High-Performance and Low-Cost
The C6410 and C6413 DSPs extend the C64x generation and create a fundamental shift in the price/performance ratio for high-end DSPs. Customers have awaited this transformation, which will enable the next wave of innovation in DSP applications. 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.
"Embedded applications require the right balance of performance, peripherals, price and on-chip memory," says Will Strauss, president, Forward Concepts. "These new devices make the high-performance capabilities of the C64x architecture accessible and affordable to a new spectrum of applications driven by connectivity for a variety of digital media."
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.
TI Extends Roadmap with New “Performance Value” Vector
The two new devices, the C6410 and C6413, have been added to the roadmap on a new vector called the "performance value" vector. This extension to the roadmap refers to new lower price devices in the high-performance C64x generation, and C64x devices that lower system cost through extensive peripheral integration. 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. Now we are excited to bring 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 provide higher performance at a lower cost and will enable developers to lower the cost of telecom, medical, industrial, office and photo lab equipment, making them more competitive in the market."
Get Started Today with a Variety of Software and Development Tools
Two development boards are available today to allow developers to get an early start on their C64x DSP designs, the new C6413 evaluation module (EVM) and the TMS320C6416 DSP Starter Kit (DSK), co-developed with Spectrum Digital. The DSK contains a C6416-based development board, easy to use examples, tutorials, TI’s 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 C6416, C6413 and C6410 DSPs are 100 percent software code compatible along with the rest of the entire C6000 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 TI's eXpressDSPTM 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 maximizes channel density and allows four layer board routing. Samples are available now with full production slated for September 2004.
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