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C6000™ Multicore DSPs

TI's C6000 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-end imaging.


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Robert Ferguson
What is the significance of the new video encoding standard H.265, and what role will TI's multicore DSPs play in its rollout?


Robert Ferguson,
Business Development Manager,
Multicore Processors

Robert is currently a business development manager for TI’s Multicore Processors. Robert’s team focuses on developing and implementing strategic regional growth for Multicore Processors. Robert has worked for Texas Instruments since 2003, managing major accounts across DSL CPE, Cable and WLAN.

He is a Western Oregon University graduate.

Mark Nadeski
What multicore solutions can help embedded machine developers add more analytics in their applications?


Mark Nadeski,
Multicore Business Development Manager,
Multicore Processors

Mark Nadeski currently serves as a multicore business development manager for the Texas Instruments' (TI) multicore processors business. His role with TI includes, but is not limited to, setting the strategic direction of the multicore processors group and performing market analysis and assistance with the evaluation of roadmap solutions. Nadeski joined TI as an intern in 1992, prior to his 1993 graduation from MIT, and has served in many different capacities through the years. Post graduation, Nadeski joined TI full time as an applications engineer for motor control. Since then, he has spent his time developing software and managing software development for different audio, internet, digital and imaging groups. In 2007, Nadeski was promoted from his position as DSP medical business development manager to strategic marketing manager, overseeing the entire high performance medical group. Mark graduated from MIT in 1993 where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering.

What does TI do to ensure its KeyStone devices match the requirements of the upcoming LTE-Advanced standard?


Dr. Ralf Bendlin ,
Systems Engineer,
TI’s Wireless Base Station Infrastructure Group

Dr. Ralf Bendlin is a systems engineer with TI’s wireless base station infrastructure group. He is also a delegate to the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) representing TI in the standardization of current and next-generation cellular networks. As a member of the Systems and Standards Group, he contributes to TI’s IPR portfolio and supports the marketing, design, and software teams within TI’s Wireless Base Station Infrastructure organization. Ralf holds two Master of Science degrees and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering. He regularly presents at international conferences on emerging cellular technologies such as Coordinated Multi-Point (CoMP) and heterogeneous networks.

How has TI optimized its KeyStone architecture for ultra-high capacity small cells with its latest SoC?


Sneha Narnakaje ,
Marketing Manager,
Wireless Base Station Infrastructure

Sneha Narnakaje is the marketing manager for Texas Instruments' wireless base station infrastructure (WBI) business. In this role, she is responsible for software product marketing and small cell business development. She drives TI's software development efforts in platform software development kit, multicore enablers and application enables for 3G and 4G technologies including UMTS and LTE. Narnakaje is also responsible for addressing TI's small cell customers' needs in the North America region. She has 10 years of industry experience in software development and engineering management for DSL, cable, residential gateway and multimedia applications. Narnakaje earned her MBA from the University of Maryland (Smith) and bachelor's degree of science in computer engineering from Mangalore University, India.

Why is the chip infrastructure so important for the overall performance of a System on Chip?


Josef Alt,
Business Development Manager,
Communications Infrastructure, Europe

As the Business Development Manager for Communications Infrastructure in Europe and the Middle East, Josef is responsible TI's DSP business in the European communications infrastructure market segment, which includes Radio Access Networks as well as Fixed and Mobile Core Networks. He has held this position for the past 9 years. Josef Alt holds a Dipl.Ing (FH) from the Fachhochschule Munich.

Tom Flanagan
How can the KeyStone multicore architecture scale to support cloud base station applications?


Tom Flanagan
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Technical Strategy Director,
Wireless Base Station Infrastructure, Texas Instruments

As the technical strategy director for TI's wireless base station infrastructure business, Tom identifies market trends and provides the vision and strategic direction for TI's product development team. Tom joined TI as part of the company's acquisition of Telogy Networks, a Voice over IP embedded software company, where he was the director of business development. He has an extensive background in the semiconductor industry and in voice and data networking. Tom holds several patents and received his bachelor's degree of science from James Madison University.

Debbie Greenstreet
Why are tools so critical to multicore SoC product development?


Debbie Greenstreet
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Business Development Director,
Wireless Base Station Infrastructure, Texas Instruments

As the business development director for TI's wireless base station infrastructure business, Debbie is responsible for driving TI's leading edge wireless base station SoCs into the market, and focusing on business development for North America. Debbie has over 20 years experience in the telecommunications industry. Previous roles at Texas Instruments include the director of service provider strategy where maintained relationships with worldwide wireless and fixed line service providers, driving long term roadmap directions and investment strategies. She was also a pioneer and evangelist in the Voice over IP industry, driving products and solutions into the VoIP market from its infancy. Debbie received a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia and performed graduate work in computer engineering at George Mason University.

How can developers accelerate scientific computing with TI's multicore DSPs?

Dr. Arnon Friedmann,
Strategic & Technical Marketing Manager,
Wireless Base Station Infrastructure

Dr. Arnon Friedmann is a visionary expert in the emerging applications of communications infrastructure. In his role as the wireless infrastructure strategic and technical marketing manager at TI, Arnon is driving the company's efforts in 4G technology, including 3G Long Term Evolution (LTE) and 802.16m (WiMAX). His efforts have enabled TI to take leadership positions in these evolving OFDMA applications. In his 12 years in the industry, Arnon has gained extensive experience in digital communications research and development for magnetic storage, DSL and wireless systems applications. Arnon earned a Ph.D. in communications theory and systems and a BS in engineering physics from the University of California at San Diego.

Ken Nesteroff
How does TI's C66x medical imaging software toolkit enable developers to better design applications?


Kenneth Nesteroff
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Business Development Manager,
High Performance Computing and Imaging multicore DSP, Texas Instruments

Kenneth Nesteroff is the business development manager for Texas Instruments' high performance computing (HPC) and imaging multicore digital signal processor (DSP) business. In this role, he is responsible for business growth and strategic development, as well as the strengthening and fostering of customer relationships in the HPC and imaging markets.

Since joining TI in 1983 as a product engineer within the semiconductor group, Nesteroff has served TI in many engineering and business management capacities. He joined the multicore DSP business in April 2008.

Nesteroff received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.

Raj Sivaraja
What is the BIOS Multicore Software Development Kit and how does it help customers get to market faster?


Raj Sivarajan
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Software Engineering Manager,
Multicore and media infrastructure

Raj has nearly 15 years of experience in real-time embedded software development. For the past 11 years at Texas Instruments, Raj has been responsible for providing production application software for Voice over IP on cable modem/DSL/residential gateway, and multimedia software development kits for digital video and voice, enabling customers to build their applications on a core software foundation while speeding time to market. Raj received his MS in electrical engineering, BS in electrical engineering and BS in mathematics from the University of Maryland.

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What applications in the test & automation markets would benefit from the performance level of a multicore DSP solution?


Mukesh Kumar
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Test & Automation Marketing Manager,
Wireless Basestation Infrastructure business

As the test and automation marketing manager for TI's multicore and media infrastructure business, Mukesh is responsible for defining and delivering hardware and software solutions for test and automation applications as well as managing key customer relationships. Prior to his current role, Mukesh served as a product manager for multiple TI software components including the Network Developer's Kit, Audio Video Media Engine, Modular Open Voice Engine and Echo Canceller. Mukesh earned his masters degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelors degree in instrumentation and control from NSIT in Delhi, India.

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How has TI optimized it's KeyStone architecture for small cell developers with it's latest SoC?"


Kyle Harper
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Marketing Director,
Wireless Basestation Infrastructure business

Kyle Harper is the marketing director for Texas Instruments' (TI) wireless basestation infrastructure (WBI). With more than 27 years experience in the wireless, network, high performance microprocessor and embedded software industry, he has served as the business development director at Timesys Corporation, strategic marketing manager at Advanced Micro Circuits Corporate and various business management and engineering positions at Motorola/Freescale Semiconductor prior to joining TI. He has authored numerous technical and business conference papers as well as article publications.

Harper received a Bachelor of Science in computing science from Texas A&M University and his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

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How does the Keystone Network Coprocessor offload IPSec?


Pekka Varis
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CTO,
Multicore & Media Infrastructure

Pekka is a visionary technologist with expertise in infrastructure system architectures and high performance packet-based communications. As Chief Technology Officer for TI's multicore and media infrastructure business, Pekka drives the company's strategy and development efforts for packet-based multicore processing. Pekka has over 13 years of experience in the communications infrastructure industry. He started off his career implementing platform software and architecting data plane blades for mobile network controllers and multimedia gateways at a leading mobile infrastructure vendor. Over the years he gained extensive experience in system and software architectures for user plane processing in mobile networks.

Pekka earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1999. He is a Member, Group Technical Staff, at TI.

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How has TI collaborated with the community to offer Linux support on its new multicore software development kit?


Raghu Nambiath
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Software Design Engineer,
Multicore & Media Infrastructure

Raghu currently works as a project lead for enabling Linux support on TI's C6000 family of multicore DSPs. He has been involved in multiple software development projects within TI's communications infrastructure group, and recently served as project lead for the design and development of TI's multicore voice and video software development kit. Raghu holds a MS in telecommunications from the University of Colorado and is currently pursuing his MBA from the University of Maryland.

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How does TI's new multicore software development kit enable rapid development and faster time to market with TI's multicore DSPs?


Sanjay Bhal
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Product Line Marketing Manager,
Multicore & Media Infrastructure

As the product line marketing manager for TI's multicore and media infrastructure business, Sanjay is responsible for the definition of multicore software solutions for market segments including mission critical, medical imaging, high performance compute and networking. Sanjay has held a variety of roles at TI over the last few years including engineering manager for TI's small gateway products where he was involved in developing TI's gateway software solutions. Sanjay holds a MS in microelectronics from the University of Mumbai and a MBA from the University of Maryland.

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What is TI's KeyStone multicore architecture and how is it used for wireless base stations?


Tom Flanagan
,
Technical Strategy Director,
Wireless Base Station Infrastructure

As the director of technical strategy for TI's wireless base station infrastructure business, Tom identifies market trends and provides the vision and strategic direction for TI's product development team. Tom joined TI as part of the company's acquisition of Telogy Networks, a Voice over IP embedded software company, where he was the director of business development. He has an extensive background in the semiconductor industry and in voice and data networking. Tom holds several patents and received his bachelor's degree of science from James Madison University.

How does TI address the digital pre-distortion observation bandwidth requirements for systems transmitting up to 75MHz of signal?


Ken Chan,
Applications Manager,
High Speed Products

As an applications manager for TI's High Speed Products (HSP) business, Ken and his team are responsible for developing end equipment applications, system analysis, and hardware signal chain solutions for the wireless infrastructure market. Recent accomplishments include developing highly-efficient signal chains for 4G and next-generation transmit standards using a TI Digital Pre-Distortion (DPD) solution. Ken joined TI in 1997 and has held roles in applications, system analysis and chipset definition for handsets (WCDMA and CDMA), cable modem (PUMA DOCSIS), and base station infrastructure products. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

How does TI provide a multicore DSP that is both high performance and ultra low power?


David Bell,
Applications Manager,
Multicore and Media Infrastructure

Dave Bell is the Applications Director for the Multicore Processors business at Texas Instruments. Dave's team focuses on TI's KeyStone architecture, SoC platform quality and entitlement, and overall multicore solutions. Dave has been with TI's DSP division since 1995, specializing in DSP architecture (CPU, memory, and switch fabric), embedded processing, real-time systems and software for communications infrastructure and other performance-intensive systems. He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University

What has TI done to enhance its multicore architecture and how does it benefit the customer?


Sandeep Kumar,
Product Line Marketing,
Growth Markets & Medical, Multicore & Media Infrastructure

Sandeep has responsibility for growth markets in TI's multicore and media infrastructure business where he is focused on markets such as mission critical and medical imaging. Sandeep has served a variety of product and strategic marketing roles within TI's communications infrastructure group including product manager for wireless infrastructure and manager of WiMAX and third party alliances. During his tenure at TI, Sandeep has also been involved in marketing TI's DSP and ASIC solutions for the telecom and networking markets. Sandeep holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a MS in business administration and manufacturing systems engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Why is floating point capability beneficial for base station implementations?

Dr. Arnon Friedmann,
Strategic & Technical Marketing Manager,
Wireless Base Station Infrastructure

Dr. Arnon Friedmann is a visionary expert in the emerging applications of communications infrastructure. In his role as the wireless infrastructure strategic and technical marketing manager at TI, Arnon is driving the company's efforts in 4G technology, including 3G Long Term Evolution (LTE) and 802.16m (WiMAX). His efforts have enabled TI to take leadership positions in these evolving OFDMA applications. In his 12 years in the industry, Arnon has gained extensive experience in digital communications research and development for magnetic storage, DSL and wireless systems applications. Arnon earned a Ph.D. in communications theory and systems and a BS in engineering physics from the University of California at San Diego.

What are the differences between the C667x and new C665x Multicore DSPs?


Travis Scheckel
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Platform Software Applications Manager,
Multicore and Media Infrastructure

Travis manages the Multicore Solutions team in Texas Instruments' Multicore Processors business. Travis has held a variety of engineering roles within FPGA, ASIC and DSP, during his 18 years at TI. In the last 9 years he has worked in system and application engineering roles to support high performance DSP and multicore products. Travis was the lead in defining TI's RapidIO peripheral solution for DSP and led the Technical Working Group as Chair from 2005-2007 within the RapidIO Trade Association. Travis is a member of TI's Group Technical Staff. He received his B.S.E.E. degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1992.

TI's single chip Femto/Pico SoC has reduced the analog componentry at the board level; how is this achieved?


Sameer Wasson
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Product Marketing Manager,
Wireless Base Station Infrastructure

As a product marketing manager for the wireless base station business, Sameer drives TI's efforts in the emerging small cell base station market. Sameer joined TI as a product engineer in 2005 where he worked on ultra low power microprocessors. After that, he moved into a marketing and business development role in TI's cable business where he managed key accounts and regions. Sameer earned his MS in electrical engineering from Syracuse University and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Pune in India.

The new C66x benchmarks reflect up to a 5x improvement in performance over other cores. How is this achieved?


Mingjian "Ming" Yan,
Software Development Engineer,
Communications Infrastructure

Mingjian "Ming" Yan is a software development engineer for the Communications Infrastructure business at TI. Ming has been focused on the baseband signal processing for OFDM based wireless systems including WiMAX and LTE for the past five years at TI. She currently leads the development of LTE physical layer functional library including algorithm development and verification, implementation and optimizations on TI platforms. She is also involved in benchmarking activities for TI's DSPs and customer LTE system solution analysis. Prior to joining TI, Ming spent six years with Nortel Networks in the areas of signal processing for voice band data modem, metro optics and WLAN, and prior to that, three years with Comsat Laboratories in the area of voice band signal processing. Ming earned a MS in electrical engineering from Gonzaga University and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Science and Technology in China.

The new C66x benchmarks reflect up to a 5x improvement in performance over other cores. How is this achieved?


Brian Johnson,
Engineering Manager,
Systems & Software, Wireless Base Station Infrastructure

Brian has 18 years experience in telecom data networking and wireless. He has been with TI since 2005 when he joined as a software and systems manager responsible for WiMAX software library and systems solutions, LTE software library and multicore software strategy. Prior to TI, Brian was the engineering manager at the Nortel Office of the CTO. In this role, Brian lead the WiMAX/802.16e L1 and L2 standards team and was responsible for WLAN technology strategy including next-generation WLAN 802.11n standards, WLAN radio resource mgmt, WLAN L1, L2 systems solutions for enterprise voice and data traffic capacity. Brian was also a software developer for Hughes Network Systems responsible for 2G Base Station Controller (BSC) call control and access network protocol stack development. He was a co-inventor of the Hughes Direct PC hybrid satelite/wireline broadband service. Brian holds MS and BS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland.

How have TI tools helped to accelerate customer development on the TCI6616?


Greg Wood,
Applications Manager,
Wireless Base Station Infrastructure

Greg is an embedded signal processing expert in communications infrastructure. In his role as the wireless infrastructure applications manager at TI, Greg is driving the company's efforts to enable the use of infrastructure devices in solutions for every wireless standard. His efforts have enabled OEMs worldwide to bring innovative design to production. In his 25 years in the industry, Greg has been involved in embedded signal processing for massively parallel arrays developed for defense applications, development of UMTS physical layer for 3G handsets and multicore software development. Greg earned a MS in computer science from Southern Methodist University and a BS in computer science from Texas A&M University.

How is TI helping base station vendors reduce service provider electrical power costs, achieving more "green" operations?


Sanjive Aggarwala,
Director, Silicon Development,
Communications Infrastructure

Sanjive Aggarwala, is a TI fellow and the director of silicon development for the communication infrastructure business at TI. He has worked on a number of generations of x86 microprocessors and C6000 DSPs at TI. He and his organization are responsible for C66x DSP core roadmap and development as well as communication infrastructure system on chips. These complex multicore SoCs are designed in leading edge process technologies with state of the art design automation and innovations. All of these products have propelled TI into undisputed leadership position in digital signal processing and in the wireless infrastructure market.

How has your wireless base station SoC strategy changed over the last ten years?


Paul Carson,
IP Design Director,
Communications Infrastructure

Paul Carson, IP Design Director, Communications Infrastructure Paul Carson is a VLSI IP design expert for communications infrastructure. In his current role as the director of IP design, Paul is leading the company's efforts to design highly specialized processing blocks for high performance multicore SoCs. Paul also leads teams driving and analyzing SoC architecture and systems engineering. In previous positions with TI, Paul led TI's wireless infrastructure chipset business, ASIC design centers, and signal processing field applications teams. Paul earned his MS in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, and his BA in biophysics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Why is the KeyStone architecture so good for executing Layer 2 functionality?


Michael Livshitz,
Engineering Manager,
Wireless Base Station Infrastructure

A widely recognized expert in wireless and telecom system engineering, Michael joined TI in 2009 to lead the development of next generation wireless base station Layer 2 technology. His efforts have enabled TI to extend its leadership position in physical layer silicon to higher layer SoC solutions. Prior to TI, Michael was the director of technical marketing at Metalink, where he was responsible for company technological policies in WLAN 802.11n, and interfaced with key customers and R&D leadership. Previously, Michael was a senior standards advisor at the CTO Office in Nortel, where he was responsible for the development and protected of the company's IPR portfolio. He has multiple patents in iterative FEC schemes, LDPC, and turbo product codes. Michael holds an MS in electrical engineering from the State University of Radio Electronics in Minsk, Belarus.





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