REVOLUTION HERE FOR DSPS

`The world’s most powerful digital signal processor’ – that’s how TI described its new TMS320C6x at the launch. `This DSP solution will change the way we live’, said Mike Hames, TI’s DSP manager. TI says that at 1,600 MIPS, the device is 10 times faster than any DSP in history. But additionally, the company has […]

`The world’s most powerful digital signal processor’ – that’s how TI described its new TMS320C6x at the launch. `This DSP solution will change the way we live’, said Mike Hames, TI’s DSP manager.

TI says that at 1,600 MIPS, the device is 10 times faster than any DSP in history. But additionally, the company has developed an ultra-efficient C compiler and associated software tools that `halve software development time’ – and `achieve virtually the same performance as hand-tuned assembly software’, it claims.

TI says that this will shift the emphasis in the DSP world from hardware to software. `The ability to tap into this much signal processing performance from a high level language program is simply without precedent’, said Hames.

The launch is thus likely to open up a host of new aplications. For example, it allows a revolution in data transfer. What took 10 minutes to download from the Internet will now take less than five seconds – using xDSL (digital subscriber lines) enabled by the new DSP technology.