Kane Computing Ships TI-based Professional Audio Development Kit

7/11/2005 - Kane Computing Ltd (KCL) are now shipping the new PADK, Professional Audio Development Kit manufactured by Lyrtech of Quebec, Canada.

The PADK is a standalone board based on the new Texas Instruments (TI) TMS320C6727 Digital Signal Processor (DSP) and is aimed at high end professional audio applications.

In addition to the 300MHz, 1800 MFLOPS, C6727 DSP the PADK includes eight 24 bit, 192 KHz ADCs and eight 24 bit, 192KHz DACS, 24 bit digital input and output ports, USB port, midi input/output, an analogue port for external controls and an on-board expansion slot.

The high-resolution sampling rate converter of the PADK offers the possibility to simultaneously operate at different input and output sampling rates, and to lock to various audio and word clock input sources for multi-channel coding, processing or sound generation.

The USB port is ideal for high-speed communications to a host computer, which allows streaming audio in real time, downloading large sound banks, and handling any other high bandwidth applications.

Midi input, output and through ports allow users to interface directly with external musical instruments and controllers and an analogue port is provided for external control inputs, such as pedals and switches.

Kane Computing and Lyrtech see the PADK as ideal for applications such as Professional Audio (broadcasting, encoding and studio); modification of sound and music and embedded sound generation (games, karaoke, background music and sound synthesis).

The PADK is fully compatible and integrated with Texas Instruments Code Composer StudioTM and eXpressDSPTM development tools. The software supplied with the PADK is also compatible with Texas Instruments CSL and DSP/BIOSTM. Finally, the PADK comes fully loaded with drivers for all peripheral elements of the board, as well as application examples and an Audio Streaming Wavetable Synthesis Solution demonstration that truly showcases the full potential of the PADK and its TMS320C6727TM DSP. System level development support is available on request for Simulink®, The Mathworks Embedded Target for TI C6000TM DSP.

The optional Audio Streaming and Wavetable Solution software is designed for Texas Instruments TMS320C6727 floating-point DSP. This software provides an optimized solution for MIDI sound synthesis, based on wavetable technology, for musical instrument and professional audio product developers. The software also includes an optimized multi-channel audio streaming and playback solution capable of decoding audio such as ADPCM, WAV, and MP3 format files. The TMS320C6727 is capable of processing up to 128 simultaneous polyphonic voices of sound synthesis and up to 15 simultaneous MP3 decodes with full capabilities of mixing matrix and audio effects processing.

The Texas Instruments TMS320C6727TM DSP is tuned for applications where audio quality and performance are critical. At 300 MHz and 1800 MFLOPS, it outperforms most DSPs currently available.

The 64 internal registers improve automatic compiler optimizations, increase tight-loop performance, and reduce the overall number of necessary accesses to the memory.

The four enhanced floating-point add instructions, in parallel, boost FFT processing by 20%.

The dMAX DMA engine offloads the processor for specialized off-chip memory accesses, commonly used in effects processing.

32 x 64-bit operations improve the efficiency of high-precision audio processing for high sampling rate, low-frequency applications. They still support 32-bit fixed-point operations, to ease the porting of existing legacy code.

Developers can profit from this performance to deliver the most realistic audio experience and incorporate unique capabilities like automatic room correction, speaker virtualization, audio and voice enhancement, music synthesis, and more into their professional audio and mass-market products.

About Kane Computing Ltd
KCL has been providing Image Processing, DSP and high performance computing products for use in industry, education and research since 1987. KCL started life as Sension Advanced Computing, designing, manufacturing and supplying parallel processing products based around the Inmos transputer. In 1995 it became part of Kane International Ltd and subsequently changed its name to Kane Computing. In October 2001 Kane Computing became an independent Company. KCL is a member of TI (Texas Instruments) third party network and is now regarded as the primary source of fully supported development tools for Texas Instruments series of DSPs in the United Kingdom. KCL provides a whole range of products based around Texas Instrument's TMS320 range of DSP's. This includes starter kits, development systems, application boards and emulators. KCL has a policy of continual improvement and operates its business in accordance with the requirements of ISO9001:2000. www.kanecomputing.co.uk

About Lyrtech
Lyrtech has more than 20 years of experience in the delivery of advanced digital signal processing solutions to companies worldwide. Serving clients across the Americas, Asia and Europe, Lyrtech offers a full range of design, prototypes and the manufacturing and delivery of DSP value-added products and services. These include DSP/FPGA development platforms, complete turnkey solutions and custom electronic manufacturing services (EMS). The company works in partnership with industry leaders such as Altera, StarCore, Texas Instruments, The MathWorks, and Xilinx. Lyrtech delivers unsurpassed quality and support to its large OEMs customer base, which includes many prestigious names such as Nokia, Nortel, Fujitsu, Sony, GM, Honeywell, Toyota, Honda, BAE Systems and EADS.

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