Houston, TX--August 26, 1996--The newest member of the family of multiprocessor digital signal processors (DSPs), TMS320C82, is now available in sample quantities from Texas Instruments (TI; Dallas, TX). TI is also sampling a higher-frequency version of its flagship TMS320C80 DSP.
All 'C8x DSPs offer a systems solution on a single chip for designers of videoconferencing systems, videophones, networking and cellular base station switches, medical imaging, machine vision systems, traffic light controllers, and a variety of other applications.
The new 'C82 features on-chip two advanced DSPs, a RISC microprocessor with a floating-point unit (FPU), advanced memory transfer controller, and large instruction and data memory caches. The device is capable of performing more than 1.5 billion operations per second.
Fabricated using 0.5-m CMOS technology, initial versions of the 'C82 operate at 50 MHz with a typical power dissipation of less than 3 W requiring no external heat sink. To further decrease systems costs, the 'C82 interfaces to extended data out (EDO) DRAM for faster memory access while maintaining compatibility with other types of memories, including DRAMs, SRAMs, VRAMs, and SDRAMs. The device is packaged in a small-footprint ball grid array package. Faster devices will be sampled later this year.
The 50-MHz TMS320C82 DSP is available now in sample quantities from TI. The device is packaged in a 352-lead BGA. Production quantities are planned for the first quarter of 1997, with pricing planned at $82 each in quantities of 25,000.
The new 60-MHz versions of the TMS320C80 DSP are available now in sample quantities from TI, with production quantities planned for the fourth quarter of 1996. Versions of the 'C80 operating at 40 and 50 MHz are already in full production. The device is currently packaged in a 305-lead pin-grid array.
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