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Digital Signal Processors

embedded processors & DSP pdf

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Starter Kits & Experimenter Boards
Operating Systems

embedded processors & DSP pdf

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Introduction—Getting to Know DSP

Digital Signal Processors

Key design considerations for the various architectures and technologies include: programmability; throughput; on-chip memory; power; integration; real-time responsiveness; and performance.

Since the requirements and design constraints of a portable MP3 player are quite different from those of a medical scanner, product design begins with determining what needs to address, and what technical hurdles must be to overcome to do so. How do you get going? What resources are available?

This section provides quick access to the specific pages within each product section as well as some simple, high level step-by-step instructions and links to various tools & software, system block diagrams and design support available for your particular designing needs.

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Product Portfolio — Getting to Know DSP

SimpleLink™ Smart RF Transceivers

KeyStone multicore processors

KeyStone multicore processors include a wide range of device choices that deliver the highest performance at the lowest power levels and costs.

The multicore platform’s processing and low power capabilities are optimal for applications in markets such as industrial automation, high performance computing, mission critical, video infrastructure and high end imaging.

Multicore processors include TI’s C667x and C665x generation of DSPs that combine both fixed- and floating-point capabilities. See the complete KeyStone multicore processing portfolio.

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SimpleLink™ Wireless Networking Solutions

KeyStone multicore DSP + ARM processors

KeyStone multicore DSP + ARM processors include a wide range of device choices that deliver the highest performance at the lowest power levels and costs.

TI’s KeyStone platform provides up to 5.6GHz of ARM and 9.6GHz of DSP processing at lower power than multichip solutions, making it optimal for embedded infrastructure applications like cloud computing, media processing, high-performance computing, transcoding, security, gaming, analytics, and virtual desktop.

Using the new KeyStone II architecture, this is the first platform to combine the quad ARM Cortex™-A15 with up to eight TMS320C66x high performance DSPs.

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SimpleLink™ Wireless MCUs

TMS320C647x™ multicore processors

TMS320C647x™ multicore processors include a wide range of device choices that deliver high performance at low power levels and costs.

The multicore platform’s 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.

Multicore processors include TI’s C647x generation of multicore processors provides fixed-point capabilities at attractive power numbers.

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WiLink™ Combo Solutions

TMS320C6000™ Power Optimized DSP

TMS320C6000™ Power Optimized DSP platform includes the industry's highest performance fixed and floating-point DSPs including the fastest fixed-point DSPs running at up to 1.2 GHz.

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WiLink™ Combo Solutions

TMS320C5000™ Ultra Low Power DSP

TMS320C5000™ Ultra Low Power DSP platform includes a broad portfolio of the industry's lowest power 16-bit DSPs with performance up to 300MHz (600 MIPs).

Ultra low power consumption (Standby power: 0.15mW, Active power with 75% dual-MAC and 25% add: 0.15mW/MHz) extends battery life.

High peripheral integration and large on-chip memory reduces overall system cost. Ideal for portable devices in audio, voice and applications requiring analytics.

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WiLink™ Combo Solutions

DaVinci Video Processors

DaVinci Video Processors are optimized for digital video systems, DaVinci™ digital media processor solutions are tailored for digital video, imaging, and vision applications, such as home and vehicle monitoring.

The DaVinci platform includes a general purpose processor, video accelerators, an optional DSP, and related peripherals.

TI’s complete reference designs, fully programmable HD video and analytics capabilities enable customer differentiate with rapid time to market.

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Beginning Development

Evaluation of Technology and Tools

Successfully introducing a product to market requires control of costs and accurate market timing. As a result, the success of any complex engineering design project depends upon the quality and breadth of the development tools available. In this stage, you will evaluate your device as a possible processor solution, and evaluate development tools.

Code Composer Studio IDE

Offering robust, mature core functions with easy-to-use configuration and graphical visualization tools for faster system design, CCStudio™ IDE is designed for all stages of product development. Code Composer Studio IDE pricing starts at $495 USD.

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F5529 USB Experimenter’s Board

Starter Kits & Experimenter Boards

Including the USB sticks, can have you building applications in less than an hour out of the box. Designed with a variety of peripherals and open on-board interfaces, many seamlessly interface with a variety of evaluation modules, integrating complementary technologies such as wireless interfaces and LAN connectivity. For DSP based kits, full integration with Code Composer Studio means DSP/BIOS™ Real-Time Kernel, and all necessary Device Drivers are already in place. Low-profile pods and long, flexible cables make for a painless transition to a developer's own prototype hardware. The kits are low-cost, entry-level tools starting at $49 USD. In addition there are community based boards from a variety of organizations based on TI technology that let you take advantage of open source Linux and a host of available software to evaluate the processors and discuss designs with a vibrant community.

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F5529 USB Experimenter’s Board

Development Boards / Evaluation Modules

 A wide variety of development boards, development kits and EVMs are available from TI and TI’s Developer Network. Designed for use in this initial stage of system development, and up to production, EVMs offer platform-specific hardware and software tools to begin any high performance or low power design. Pricing ranges from $295 USD to more than $1000 USD.


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F5529 USB Experimenter’s Board

Development Platforms

Combining production-ready application-specific software and hardware, and reducing design complexity, Development Platforms allow focus on system differentiation. Development Platforms are available for a wide variety of applications including Video and Imaging, Audio, Telecommunications and other DSP or ARM-based systems. Pricing ranges from $245 USD to several thousand dollars.

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Development Platforms

Emulators / Analyzers

TI provides XDS510™ and XDS560™ class emulators that support real-time JTAG scan-based emulation with product support across the complete line of TI DSPs. These emulators are tightly integrated with the Code Composer Studio debugger interface, to make all of TI’s real-time emulation control and visualization capabilities available to you. TI Third Parties provide logic analyzers, hardware testing equipment, and a wide array of emulators that support different host I/O interfaces, including USB, Ethernet, PCI, parallel port, PCMCIA, and ISA bus. TI’s XDS emulator pricing starts at $1500 USD.

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F5529 USB Experimenter’s Board

RTOS

TI's DSP and ARM® processors are supported by RTOS products from TI and its partners in the TI Design Network. TI provides the SYS/BIOS™ and DSP/BIOS™ real-time kernel at no charge. TI Design Network Products offerings range from minimalistic kernels optimized for microcontrollers to full-featured, memory protected operating ideal for microprocessors.

 

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Software Abstraction

Operating Systems - Android, Linux and Windows Embedded CE

OS-Independent Software - DSP StarterWare provides C-based no-OS platform support for the C6000 DSP devices. StarterWare provides device abstraction layer libraries, peripheral proramming examples such as Ethernet, graphics and USB, and board level example applications. StarterWare can be used stand-alone or with an RTOS.


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Software Abstraction

 

Runtime Software & SDKs for DSPs

TI SDKs provide key operating systems, demos, tools, software components and documentation for the platform of your choice. SDKs can be downloaded on TI.com for free, and also come with TI evaluation modules (EVM) and development kits. SDKs require no runtime royalties.

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Software Abstraction

 

Advanced Development

Technical Documentation

A vast library of various items including:

  • Datasheets
  • Application Notes
  • User Guides
  • Simulation Models
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Online Training

Pertinent free courses (available 24/7) assist in a broad range of categories, including:

  • Signal Processing Applications
  • Silicon Products
  • Tools and Software
  • Applications

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Seminars, One-Day and Multi-Day Workshops

Face-to-face training ranging from high-level overview Seminars, to deep-dive hands-on programming Workshops with TI technical experts.

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TI's Design Network

Products, tools, software and consulting services offered by TI’s Design Network companies.

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TI offers a full range of technical documentation including application notes and user guides to aid design. In addition, visit community.ti.com for design support. Get answers from your peers and TI experts to speed your way.