TI offers a wide range of embedded processing platforms for digital signal processors (DSPs), ARM®-based microprocessors (ARM MPUs), and microcontrollers (MCUs), including the world's lowest-power MCU, the MSP430.
Sales of embedded processing products generated about 15 percent of our revenue in 2010. The worldwide market for embedded processors was about $18 billion in 2010.
TI has nearly 20 years of experience in real-time and ultra-low-power technologies working side by side with customers on thousands of applications using TI embedded processing technology. Embedded processing is helping build innovative, high-growth applications for many of today's fastest-growing markets, including smart grid, industrial automation, communications infrastructure, renewable energy, capacitive touch, high-resolution imaging, and single-board computers. Our technology is inside popular video conferencing and health and fitness equipment, intelligent appliances, automotive infotainment systems, portable navigation devices and portable medical devices. And more is on the way.
TI's broad embedded processor portfolio delivers varying levels of performance, power consumption, peripherals and price to meet diverse market requirements. DSPs can perform mathematical computations instantaneously with a high level of precision – perfect for real-time processing. TI also offers MCUs with a DSP core to merge the performance synonymous with DSP with the integration inherent in MCUs.
TI's embedded processors manipulate information, such as sound, images and video, to produce the crisp, clear sharpness we expect in today's video cameras, telecommunications devices and other multi-functional digital applications. The processors and analog chips work together in a carefully choreographed process. The analog chips translate or change sound or light into digital 1s and 0s, then the embedded processors instantaneously compress and process the digital signals, altering and improving them. On the back end, the analog chips revert the improved digital signal into the real world so we can understand and use the information in nearly any way we choose.
TI's virtual dream team in analog and embedded processing technologies balances performance, power and peripherals to make the world:
- Smarter by enabling more data to be gathered, analyzed, shared and manipulated
- Greener by using clean renewable resources to process faster with less power
- Healthier by helping lower medical costs and making high-quality health care less invasive and more available
- Safer, at home, work or in between
- More enjoyable by revolutionizing our entertainment experiences
Here's a look at some of TI's latest DSP offerings:
- TMS320C6000™ High Performance Multicore DSPs – – TI's C6000™ high-performance multicore DSP platform includes a wide range of device choices for multicore processing that deliver the highest performance at the lowest power levels and cost. The platform's multicore processing and low power capabilities are optimal for applications in markets such as medical imaging, test and automation, mission critical, video infrastructure and high performance computing. These scalable solutions leverage TI's leadership and experience delivering robust silicon and software to ease multicore development. Devices include TI's C66x generation of multicore processors, based on the KeyStone architecture, that combine both fixed- and floating-point capabilities to deliver up to 10 GHz of performance, as well as TI's C647x high-performance, low power multicore DSPs.
- TMS320C6000™ High Performance DSPs – The C6000™ DSP platform offers the industry's highest-performance fixed and floating-point DSPs, running at up to 1.5 GHz. They're ideal for high-performance audio, video, imaging and broadband infrastructure applications. As the leading partner for ARM™-based technologies, TI also offers a wide range of DSP+ARM integrated devices in both its C6 Integra and OMAP™ DSP+ ARM Applications Processors. TI's OMAP™ platform consists of devices that are ARM Cortex-A8 only or DSP+ARM Cortex-A8 in a single die. The platform is designed for applications ranging from multimedia-enhanced devices to general-purpose computer applications requiring Android, Linux or Microsoft Windows® CE class operating systems.
- DaVinci™ Video Processors – With more than 25 years of experience in the video market, TI has touched everything in the video chain, from the creation of the original content to the final viewing experience. The DaVinci platform brings it all together and enables extraordinary digital video innovation. The DaVinci digital video processor portfolio consists of scalable, programmable processors, ranging from affordable, targeted ARM9-only solutions to full-featured DSP-based system-on-chips (SoCs). These processors offer a variety of video encoding and decoding capabilities with accelerators, peripherals, support for multimedia codecs and application programming interfaces (APIs). These integrated components allow for the development of a complete spectrum of digital video applications.
- TMS320C5000™ Low-Power DSPs – Designed for such personal and portable products as digital music players, VoIP, hands-free accessories, GPS receivers and portable medical equipment, these DSPs offer the industry's lowest standby power and advanced automatic power management.
Here are a few of TI's latest MCU offerings:
- Ultra-Low Power MSP430™ MCUs – Now in its sixth generation, MSP430 MCUs are the world's lowest power microcontrollers. MSP430 MCUs offer a unique mix of intelligent peripherals, analog integration, connectivity options and ease of use at a low cost with the lowest power consumption for thousands of applications. The MSP430 platform is the industry's broadest portfolio of highly optimized application-specific and general-purpose devices, starting at just 25 cents apiece.
- C2000™ MCUs for real-time control – Delivering leading performance, intelligent peripherals and breakthrough software support, C2000 MCUs drive the development of differentiated, cost- and energy-efficient power electronics systems. Starting at $1.50 each, the C2000 fixed- and floating-point MCUs operate at up to 300 MHz to deliver cost-efficient performance and precision for smarter applications.
- Stellaris® ARM® Cortex™-M3 MCUs – The award-winning Stellaris MCUs address mainstream 32-bit markets with general-purpose processing power and advanced communication capabilities. With more than 180 MCUs, the Stellaris platform is the industry's largest portfolio of Cortex-M3-based processors to meet diverse performance, peripheral, and price requirements.
Below are some of TI's latest ARM MPU offerings:
- Sitara Microprocessors - Sitara™ ARM MPUs include high-performance ARM® Cortex™-A8 and ARM9™-based embedded microprocessors (MPUs) with speeds ranging from 200 MHz to 1.5 GHz. The product family includes the AM17x, AM18x, AM35x and AM37x MPUs. Sitara processors offer a 100-percent software-compatible roadmap from TI's OMAP™ applications processors. With optimized power-management technology developed for portable devices, low-power consumption is a distinguishing feature of the Sitara family.