Freescale Semiconductor launched the MSC825x family of programmable digital signal processors (DSPs). Prices start at a suggested resale price of $75 (USD) in quantities of 1,000. Samples are planned for this quarter and production is planned for the third quarter. The MSC825x DSPs are ideal for medical, aerospace, defense, test, and measurement applications.
Analog Devices rolled out the SHARC 2148x and SHARC 2147x series of 32-bit floating point digital signal processors. SHARC 2148x series processors are available in a range of package options including 176-ld and 100-ld LQFP packages, with pricing starting at $8.20. SHARC 2147x series processors are available in package options including 12x12mm BGA and a 14x14mm LQFP, with pricing starting at $7.85. Processors are sampling today.
Texas Instruments (TI) introduced the new TMS320DM8168 DaVinci video system-on-chip (SoC). The DM8168 consolidates all of the capture, compression, display and control functionalities of a high definition (HD), multi-channel system on a single chip. The DaVinci video SoC features a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 and a 1 GHz TI C674x digital signal processor (DSP) core. The DM8168 reduces system electronic bill of materials (eBOM) costs by 50%. It replaces the functionality of over 10 discrete components. The DM8168 DaVinci video SoC will begin sampling in the second quarter.
Texas Instruments developed a new System-on-a-Chip (SoC) architecture based on their multicore digital signal processors (DSPs) with integrated fixed and floating point capabilities. TI’s new multicore SoCs run at up to 1.2GHz and features an engine with up to 256 GMACS and 128 GFLOPS. The multicore SoCs offer over five times the performance of existing solutions in the market and offer vendors a common platform to accelerate the development of infrastructure products such as wireless base stations, media gateways and video infrastructure equipment.
Freescale Semiconductor announced the MSC8155 digital signal processor (DSP). The MSC8155 DSP is a higher performance and cost-optimized version of the MSC8156 DSP based on the latest StarCore technology. The MSC8155 is ideal for broadband wireless base station equipment. The MSC8156 DSP has been qualified on 45nm process technology and is now ramping into production. Freescale will sample the MSC8155 DSP in the third quarter. The MSC8155 is housed in a 783-pin FC-PBGA package.
Texas Instruments introduced the TMS320C5514 and TMS320C5515 digital signal processors. The TMS320C55x DSPs provide a 20% performance increase, up to 120MHz, with higher integration to ease system level development. The new DSPs enable engineers to maintain very low power levels while adding features such as additional encode and decode algorithms in voice, audio and portable communications applications, as well as more real-time diagnostics in medical end equipments. The digital signal processors also integrate power management features, such as on-chip LDOs (low-dropout regulators), as well as dynamic voltage and frequency scaling, so customers can maximize and efficiently manage battery life for portable devices.
Adaptive Digital Technologies introduced integration-ready DSP solutions for high-end voice applications.The DSP software solutions leverage Texas Instruments’ (TI) TMS320C6472 six-core digital signal processor. The solution enables engineers to implement high-density, multi-channel, voice-over-packet applications in the shortest possible time with maximum processing performance. Product developers can minimize solution development time while maximizing the power efficiency of their VoIP applications.
Freescale Semiconductor launched the quad-core MSC8154 digital signal processor (DSP). The MSC8154 is manufactured using 45-nm process technology and is pin- and code-compatible with the MSC8156 device. This enables designers to use the same board design for lower bandwidth macro- or micro-base station designs. Freescale is currently sampling the MSC8154, with general availability planned for October 2009. Housed in a 783-pin FC-PBGA package, it is offered at 1GHz core speeds. Suggested resale pricing is expected to start at $165 (USD) in 10K volumes.
Tensilica announced the ConnX D2 16-bit dual-MAC (Multiply Accumulator) DSP (Digital Signal Processor) engine for the Xtensa LX dataplane processor cores. The ConnX D2 DSP engine delivers high performance from C code. As a result, virtually any C program, including those written with C intrinsic functions for the TI C6x family or ITU (International Telecommunications Union) reference code, can run unmodified and with excellent performance on the ConnX D2 DSP engine. The ConnX D2 DSP option for the Xtensa LX processor will be available in October 2009.
Texas Instruments launched the TMS320C6742, TMS320C6746, TMS320C6748, and OMAP-L138 digital signal processors (DSPs). With performance levels up to 300 MHz, the devices offer the ability to manage on-chip power through dynamic voltage and frequency scaling (DVFS) and multiple power down modes. All processors are available for sampling and are priced as follows: TMX320C6742 for $6.70, TMX320C6746 for $13.50, TMX320C6748 for $15.20, and OMAP-L138 for $18.60 (1,000 units).