Houston In a move to broaden the use of serial Rapid I/O for digital signal processing, Texas Instruments has launched its TMS320C6455 DSP evaluation module (EVM) and a TMS320C6455 DSP developers starter kit (DSK), both with a Serial RapidIO (sRIO) bus interface. Serial RapidI/O eliminates processing bottlenecks in addition to providing more bandwidth for communications. TI’s C6455 DSP, based on the C64x+ DSP core and at the heart of the EVM and DSK, is now sampling.
The EVM and DSK offer a complete multiprocessor C6455 DSP development system with sRIO communications connectivity to third party tools, FGPAs, switches and embedded processors. The EVM and the DSK provide a complete modular development platform including both hardware and software. The C6455 DSP Evaluation Module adds a second C6455 DSP on a daughter card, providing a platform for high-end multiprocessor development. Interprocessor communication takes place through the sRIO bus via the industry-standard AMC connector, which also supports connection to third-party sRIO expansion cards.
The EVM adds UTOPIA and Gigabit Ethernet MAC interfaces, along with more DDR2 memory, and signal processing algorithms and control code for practical application in the development of infrastructure systems. With the EVM or DSK, developers can immediately begin writing and testing code for parallel C6455 DSP systems that connect with sRIO development platforms from other vendors.
The DSP Starter Kit offers an easy-to-use introduction to the C6455 DSP that accelerates system development. Hardware includes an sRIO interface, 10/100 Ethernet MAC (Media Access Control) interface, PCI/HPI (Peripheral Component Interface/Host Port Interface), USB (Universal Serial Bus) interface, audio codec, Flash and DDR2 (Double Data Rate) memories.
DSK software includes tutorials, examples, algorithms, the DSP/BIOS Real-Time Kernel, and the Code Composer Studio™ Platinum IDE (Integrated Development Environment), the industry’s most comprehensive IDE for DSP development.
The RapidIO Interconnect Architecture offers high-performance, packet-switched technology that addresses the need for reliability and increased bandwidth in both chip-to-chip and board-to-board communications at speeds to 10 Gbps and beyond. A 1x sRIO link is fast enough to send HD 1080i raw video between devices, and a 4x link can easily send HD 1080p raw video between devices with bandwidth to spare. With support for a variety of topologies, the sRIO bus makes it much easier to support multiprocessing and can eliminate the need for aggregation logic.
The launching of the EVM and DSK for serial RapidI/O coincides with the RapidIO Trade Association (RTA) recognizing that key players in the DSP, FPGA, switch and embedded processor markets have come together to form a robust sRIO Ecosystem to support sRIO development and drive higher bandwidth interconnect. The RTA is a membership-based organization dedicated to driving the RapidIO interconnect architecture. For more details, see www.RapidIO.org.
The TMS320C6455 DSP Evaluation Module and Starter Kit are available now from Texas Instruments and TI Authorized Distributors. Suggested retail pricing is $495 US per unit for the DSK, and $1795 US for the DSK/EVM combination. The C6455 DSP is shipping today in TMX pre-preproduction with pricing at $259 per 1 GHz unit, $219 per 850 MHz unit, and $179 per 720 MHz unit in quantities of 10K units. For more information, please visit www.ti.com/dsp.
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