HOUSTON -- Texas Instruments Inc. said today that it is shipping digital signal processors (DSP) for motor and motion control with a 30% performance boost to of 40 million instructions per second (MIPS).
The TMS320C24x is one of a family based on a DSP core that TI recently announced that will eventually reach 400 MIPS (see March 20 story).
The C24x DSP generation includes 13 fully code-compatible flash and ROM derivatives targeting applications ranging from high-performance industrial control systems to cost-sensitive home appliances.
The cornerstone is the LF2407, which TI claimed is the world's most integrated and highest performance DSP for motor control. It delivers 64 kilobytes of integrated flash memory, 16 pulse-width modulation (PWM) channels, a controller area network (CAN) module and an ultra-fast 500-anosecond 10-bit analog-to-digital converter.
All the new TI devices are code-compatible with the C28x DSP core, which has been architected to produce compiled code that is best in class and approaches hand-coded assembly in density. The compiler's efficiency and C++ support allow software developers to work in a familiar high-level language without concerns about compromising performance.
"TI's commitment to the motor control market and the quality of its C24x DSP products has led us to switch to Texas Instruments," said Phil Faluotico, motor group manager at Ametek Rotron, a manufacturer of electric motors and electronic instruments in Paoli, Pa. "TI has consistently delivered on their commitments to us, and their code-compatible DSP roadmap protects our software investment for years to come."
To simplify designers' tasks and optimize the performance of their applications, TI provides evaluation tools and a large library of motor-control application notes, plus seminars and web-based training. In addition to code compatibility across generations, the C2000 DSP platform contains a full suite of digital motor-control software modules, the largest third-party network in the DSP industry and best-in-class software development tools like the Code Composer Integrated Development Environment (IDE).
These 40 MIPS devices will be available in fourth quarter of 2000. Prices run as low as $2.95 each for10,000 units and less than $2 in OEM quantities.