Texas Instruments unveils DSP developer's kit

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI; Houston, TX; www.ti.com/sc/c6000), a provider of digital-signal processors (DSPs) and support devices, has introduced a complete hardware and software DSP-based imaging developer�s kit (IDK).

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI; Houston, TX; www.ti.com/sc/c6000), a provider of digital-signal processors (DSPs) and support devices, has introduced a complete hardware and software DSP-based imaging developer�s kit (IDK). This kit helps designers and systems integrators speed up their product-to-market time by providing a development environment for rapid prototyping of imaging and video systems based on the TMS320C6000 platform of TI DSPs. Its programmable performance enables the support of real-time imaging and high-bandwidth streaming video.

The C6000 DSP platform provides a very-long-instruction-word (VLIW) architecture, a flexible memory scheme, and high-bandwidth I/O capabilities. It can execute performance-intensive processing operations for digital video, medical imaging, machine-vision, and security-monitoring applications. Imaging applications include, among others, magnetic resonance imaging and computer-aided tomography scans; machine inspection and recognition used in industrial robotics, navigation, surveillance, and defense; and three-dimensional graphics for training simulation and scientific areas.

Included in the IDK are a TMS320C6711 150-MHz-based DSP board with 16 Mbytes of on-board memory and snap-on capture/display daughter board for handling video input/output (I/O); VelociTI VLIW architecture that supports execution of eight instructions simultaneously; NTSC/PAL-compatible video camera; video and imaging application-demonstration programs; application software utilities and example programs; Code Composer Studio Integrated Development Environment with C6000 C compiler; and software modules from DSP third-party developers.

Pradeep Bardia, TI C6000 product market manager, says, �The C6000 DSP architecture handles the massive amounts of compression, decompression, transcoding, and transrating among standards and protocols, encryption, and error correction for applications that transmit images and video overt high-speed broadband networks.�

Pricing is $4500 per kit in single-unit quantity.

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