Texas Instruments introduce three new KeyStone DSPs

TI's new C665x series
Texas Instruments new C665x series

Texas Instruments today unveiled three new devices based on its KeyStone multicore architecture, utilizing the TMS320C66x digital signal processors (DSP) generation. The new TMS320C665x DSPs feature combined fixed- and floating-point capabilities, delivering real-time high performance at low power, coupled with smaller form factors.

Based on the KeyStone multicore architecture, TI’s new C665x processors is made to give developers access to devices with high performance, while still being energy and space efficient. With low power consumption, and a small form factor of 21mm x 21mm the processors enables portability, mobility and low power energy sources, such as battery and interface powering to drive new exciting products to be developed.

The unique strengths of these C665x DSPs is foremost intended to meet the need of applications such as video security and traffic management. In these types of applications there is a need to carry out both video processing and analytics at the end point, and this makes low power consumption, while retaining powerful processing a key factor. In addition, a wide range of high performance real-time applications such as on-board radar, software defined radios, video and image processing and portable ultrasound can now be smaller, lighter and potentially easier to use.

“TI’s new C665x DSPs offer a very compelling mix of low power and high performance, particularly for medical imaging products, which require these types of features”, said Xin Li, Technical Manager of Imaging Products Research, Mindray Medical International Limited. “These solutions offer exciting possibilities for our products, supporting our goal of improving patient care around the world.”

Starting just under $30 at 10 KU, TI’s C665x processors consist of three fully pin compatible low-cost, power optimized solutions for developers migrating from single core to multicore. The C6657 features two 1.25-GHz DSP cores, delivering up to 80 GMACs and 40 GFLOPs, while the C6655 and C6654 single core solutions deliver up to 40 GMACs and 20 GLOPS and 27.2 GMACs and 13.6 GLOPS, respectively.

Under normal operating conditions, the C6657, C6655 and C6654 power numbers are at 3.5W, 2.5W and 2W, respectively. TI’s C665x DSPs also feature large on-chip memory coupled with a high bandwidth and efficient external memory controller.

With TI’s new TMS320C6654, TMS320C6655 and TMS320C6657 multicore DSPs, developers can more effectively meet vital requirements of high performance and portable applications in markets such as mission critical, industrial automation, testers, embedded vision, imaging, video surveillance, medical, audio and video infrastructure. For more information please visit www.ti.com/multicore.