The 320C64x+ DSPs (including the SMS320C6424 device) are the highest-performance fixed-point DSP generation in the 320C6000 DSP platform. The C6424 device is based on the third-generation high-performance, advanced VelociTI very-long-instruction-word (VLIW) architecture developed by Texas Instruments (TI), making these DSPs an excellent choice for digital signal processor applications.
The C64x+ devices are upward code-compatible from previous devices that are part of the C6000 DSP platform. The C64x DSPs support added functionality and have an expanded instruction set from previous devices.
Any reference to the C64x DSP or C64x CPU also applies, unless otherwise noted, to the C64x+ DSP and C64x+ CPU, respectively.
With performance of up to 5600 million instructions per second (MIPS) at a clock rate of 700 MHz, the C64x+ core offers solutions to high-performance DSP programming challenges. The DSP core possesses the operational flexibility of high-speed controllers and the numerical capability of array processors. The C64x+ DSP core processor has 64 general-purpose registers of 32-bit word length and eight highly independent functional unitstwo multipliers for a 32-bit result and six arithmetic logic units (ALUs). The eight functional units include instructions to accelerate the performance in telecom, audio, and industrial applications. The DSP core can produce four 16-bit multiply-accumulates (MACs) per cycle for a total of 2800 million MACs per second (MMACS), or eight 8-bit MACs per cycle for a total of 5600 MMACS. For more details on the C64x+ DSP, see the TMS320C64x/C64x+ DSP CPU and Instruction Set Reference
Guide (literature number SPRU732).
The C6424 also has application-specific hardware logic, on-chip memory, and additional on-chip peripherals similar to the other C6000 DSP platform devices. The C6424 core uses a two-level cache-based architecture. The Level 1 program memory/cache (L1P) consists of a 256K-bit memory space that can be configured as mapped memory or direct mapped cache, and the Level 1 data (L1D) consists of a 640K-bit memory space 384K-bit of which is mapped memory and 256K-bit of which can be configured as mapped memory or 2-way set-associative cache. The Level 2 memory/cache (L2) consists of a 1M-bit memory space that is shared between program and data space. L2 memory can be
configured as mapped memory, cache, or combinations of the two.
The peripheral set includes: a 10/100 Mb/s Ethernet MAC (EMAC) with a management data input/output (MDIO) module; a 4-bit transmit, 4-bit receive VLYNQ interface; an inter-integrated circuit (I2C) Bus interface; two multichannel buffered serial ports (McBSPs); a multichannel audio serial port (McASP0) with 4 serializers; 2 64-bit general-purpose timers each configurable as 2 independent 32-bit timers; 1 64-bit
watchdog timer; a user-configurable 16-bit host-port interface (HPI); up to 111-pins of general-purpose input/output (GPIO) with programmable interrupt/event generation modes, multiplexed with other peripherals; 2 UARTs with hardware handshaking support on 1 UART; 3 pulse width modulator (PWM) peripherals; 1 peripheral component interconnect (PCI) [33 MHz]; and 2 glueless external memory interfaces: an asynchronous external memory interface (EMIFA) for slower memories/peripherals, and a higher speed synchronous memory interface for DDR2.
The Ethernet Media Access Controller (EMAC) provides an efficient interface between the C6424 and the network. The C6424 EMAC supports 10Base-T and 100Base-TX, or 10 Mbits/second (Mbps) and 100 Mbps in either half- or full-duplex mode, with hardware flow control and quality of service (QOS) support.
The Management Data Input/Output (MDIO) module continuously polls all 32 MDIO addresses in order to enumerate all PHY devices in the system.
The I2C and VLYNQ ports allow C6424 to easily control peripheral devices and/or communicate with host processors.
The rich peripheral set provides the ability to control external peripheral devices and communicate with external processors. For details on each of the peripherals, see the related sections later in this document and the associated peripheral reference guides.
The C6424 has a complete set of development tools. These include C compilers, a DSP assembly optimizer to simplify programming and scheduling, and a Windows debugger interface for visibility into source code execution.