New generation of processors provide extreme integration, high-performance
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) builds upon the success of its existing digital signal processor (DSP) + ARM product offerings by introducing the C6A816x Integra DSP + ARM generation of processors. The C6A816x Integra DSP + ARM processors offer the industry’s fastest single-core floating- and fixed-point DSP performance with performance up to 1.5 GHz, and also integrate the industry’s fastest single-core ARM Cortex-A8 core with performance up to 1.5 GHz. The combined Integra DSP + ARM architecture is ideal because the DSP is dedicated to handle intensive signal processing needs, complex math functions and image processing algorithms, while the ARM is available for graphical user interfaces (GUIs), network connectivity, system control and application processing under multiple operating systems. These operating systems include Linux, Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact 7 and Android. The C6A816x Integra DSP + ARM processors also integrate numerous high bandwidth peripherals that lower system cost and improve system performance, making them perfect for applications such as machine vision, test and measurement and tracking and control.
Extreme integration for performance, connectivity and cost efficiencies
The two new devices in the C6A816x Integra DSP + ARM generation are the C6A8168 and C6A8167 processors. These processors integrate a TMS320C674x floating- and fixed-point DSP and an ARM Cortex-A8 processor on a single chip, along with several high-bandwidth peripherals, optimized for a broad array of applications. These peripherals include PCIExpress Gen2, SATA 2.0, dual Gigabit Ethernet and dual DDR2/DDR3 interfaces that offer various network connectivity selections and storage options and provide quick transmission of data on and off of the chip. This integration allows customers to dramatically improve performance and can reduce bill of materials (BOM) costs by as much as 50 percent through reduced chip count, including discrete memory costs, and printed circuit board (PCB) space.
Advanced display capabilities and 3D graphics
The C6A8168 and C6A8167 Integra DSP + ARM processors are equipped with an on-chip display engine allowing for output of two different streams of content for dual, simultaneous high-resolution displays. This is important in applications such as high-end machine vision systems where one display presents a touch screen keyboard and the other display shows machine performance and vision analysis output. The C6A8168 Integra DSP + ARM processor specifically integrates a 3D graphics accelerator to enable a more complex, richer GUI experience. Both processors are perfect for applications requiring a seamless graphical, dual-screen experience from a single highly integrated processor.
Evaluate in minutes; begin development in less than an hour
Both the new the Integra DSP + ARM processors and Sitara ARM MPUs are supported by a comprehensive hardware evaluation module (EVM) and a single, free TI EZ Software Development Kit (EZ SDK), allowing customers to evaluate their devices in minutes and begin development in less than an hour. The Integra DSP + ARM processors and Sitara ARM MPUs also share a common development environment, containing TI’s Code Composer Studio Integrated Development Environment that supports all TI embedded processors. This minimizes the learning curve to accelerate time to market and reduce development costs. Additionally, for ARM programmers who want to take advantage of the DSP performance in the Integra DSP + ARM processors, the TI EZ SDK contains tools to make DSP programming easy. TI’s C6EZRun for code porting enables developers to easily run ARM code on a DSP without changing their ARM application code, and the TI C6EZAccel provides a library of hundreds of DSP-optimized signal processing algorithms with ARM APIs to accelerate development time.
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New microprocessors boost performance, integration – Ideal for single-board computing, communications and networking, these 1.5 GHz Texas Instruments (TI) Sitara ARM MPUs offer customers software compatibility, reduced system cost and software for easy development.
– Edited by Amanda McLeman, Control Engineering, CFE Media, www.controleng.com