floating-point-desp-arm-processorTI’s new platform of devices combines 1.5 GHz TI DSP and 1.5 GHz ARM cores enabling precision, control and system cost savings for machine vision, test and measurement and tracking and control applications.

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) builds upon the success of its existing digital signal processor (DSP) + ARM® product offerings by introducing the C6A816x Integra™ DSP + ARM generation of processors. The C6A816x Integra DSP + ARM processors offer the industry’s fastest single-core floating- and fixed-point DSP performance with performance up to 1.5 GHz and also integrates the industry’s fastest single-core ARM Cortex™-A8 core with performance up to 1.5 GHz. The combined Integra DSP + ARM architecture is ideal because the DSP is dedicated to handle intensive signal processing needs, complex math functions and image processing algorithms, while the ARM is available for graphical user interfaces (GUIs), network connectivity, system control and application processing under multiple operating systems. These operating systems include Linux, Microsoft® Windows® Embedded Compact 7 and Android. The C6A816x Integra DSP + ARM processors also integrate numerous high bandwidth peripherals that lower system cost and improve system performance, making them perfect for applications such as machine vision, test and measurement and tracking and control.

Features of Single-Core Floating-Point DSP

Performance: Highest performing floating- and fixed-point DSP in the market with up to 1.5 GHz performance (TMS320C674x), combined with the highest-performing ARM Cortex-A8 at up to 1.5 GHz on a single chip.

Core integration: Integrated DSP + ARM cores suited for products requiring intensive signal processing, comprehensive system control, a responsive GUI and the ability to run applications under operating systems such as Linux, Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact 7 and Android.

Peripheral integration: Large set of peripheral options, including a two-lane PCIExpress Gen2, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI TX, SATA 2.0 interfaces for up to two external drives, two 32-bit DDR2/DDR3 external memory interfaces at up to 1.6 GHz, two Gigabit Ethernet MACs (GEMAC) and two-channel video I/O.

Advanced display capabilities and 3D graphics: Supports up to two high-quality displays at up to 1920 x 1280 resolution with an SGX530 graphics accelerator up to 333 MHz (C6A8168 only) to render 3D graphics.

Software: TI’s EZ Software Development Kit supporting C6A816x Integra DSP + ARM processors and compatible AM389x Sitara ARM MPUs. The kit also contains the TI C6EZRun and TI C6EZAccel tools.

Tools, pricing and availability

Development is made easy, and evaluation can begin in minutes with TI’s comprehensive evaluation module (EVM) and the free TI EZ SDK available on ti.com. Designers can begin development on the DDR2 version (TMDXEVM8168DDR2) today for $1,895. A DDR3 version with video capture capability is expected to begin shipping in 1Q2011. Available for download, the new TI EZ SDK includes ARM and DSP source code and hundreds of ready-to-use DSP kernels, in a single package with only one installation. The SDK supports Linux today, and Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact 7 and Android support is planned for 1Q2011.

The C6A816x Integra DSP + ARM processors are sampling today. Production pricing starts at $46 per 1,000 units (1ku) for the C6A8167 Integra DSP+ ARM processor and $49 per 1ku for the C6A8168 Integra DSP + ARM processor. The high-performance AM389x Sitara ARM MPUs are pin-to-pin compatible with C6A816x Integra DSP + ARM processors and are also available for order today.