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15 November 2011
TI’s TMS320C66x multicore DSPs offer industrial automation developers more performance than before.
Ideal for processing-intensive applications in industrial automation markets, Texas Instruments Incorporated is offering developers the industry’s highest performing, scalable and flexible multicore solutions based on its TMS320C66x digital signal processor (DSP) generation.
Customers designing products such as smart cameras, vision controllers and optical inspection systems will benefit from the ultra-high performance, combined fixed-and floating-point performance, and increased number of peripherals and memory per core that TI’s C66x multicore DSPs deliver. In addition, TI is delivering a robust suite of multicore software, tools and support to ease development and get customers closer to tapping the full performance of C66x multicore DSPs.
“Our multicore DSPs offer performance and innovation like no other solution out there for industrial automation developers,” said Brian Glinsman, General Manager of TI’s communications infrastructure and multicore business. “With four scalable C66x devices, and many more to come down the road, we offer customers a broad range of multicore solutions to choose from with superior levels of performance, flexibility, optimised software and ecosystem solutions, to accelerate their designs to market.”
With its C66x multicore DSP portfolio, TI offers improved compute performance, large on-chip memory and multiple high speed interfaces that enable industrial automation developers to easily implement advanced features and achieve higher system integration. With pin and software compatible platforms across TI’s TMS320C6671, TMS320C6672, TMS320C6674 and TMS320C6678 DSPs, customers can design integrated, power and cost-efficient products across the range of their product portfolios. The C66x DSP core’s fixed and floating-point capabilities are suited for audio infrastructure products as well as vibration and acoustic analysers. The real-time nature of TI’s C66x multicore DSPs are also an excellent fit for high precision motion control and high channel count real-time process control systems like programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and programmable automation controller (PACs).
TI is delivering significant updates to its multicore software kit and toolset, including Linux software, optimised libraries, support for the OpenMP programming model and a free multicore software development kit (MCSDK). The MCSDK includes demo software, showing a multicore image processing example and a fast Fourier transform (FFT) based signal processing example. For the industrial automation market, TI also provides free software libraries, IMGLIB and VLIB, for image processing-oriented applications, and DSPLIB and MATHLIB for real-time signal processing support. The C66x processors are also software compatible with TI’s existing TMS320C6000 DSPs, enabling vendors to reuse their existing software and preserve their investment in TI embedded processors.
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