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Texas Instruments makes designing with TMS320C5000™ DSPs easier with new credit-card-sized development tools

Low-cost eZdsp™ development tools plug directly into laptops via USB, allowing developers to create low power applications using TI’s C5502 and C5509A DSPs

Apr 13, 2011

DALLAS (April 13, 2011) — Today, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) announced the availability of new credit-card-sized, low-cost TMDX5502EZDSP and TMDX5509EZDSP development tools, making TMS320C5000™ digital signal processor (DSP) development easy and accessible for developers, hobbyists, researchers and students. The eZdsp™ development tools for C5502 and C5509A DSPs do not require any cables, allowing developers to simply plug the tool into the USB port of a laptop or workstation for hassle-free development and a simple out-of-the-box experience.

 The eZdsp development tools feature up to 300 MHz of performance for the C5502 and 200 MHz for the C5509A. Containing a broad mix of interfacing options, these feature-packed eZdsp USB development tools are ideal for applications such as voice, audio, musical instruments and accessories, medical monitoring and fingerprint biometrics. To support rapid and easy development, both tools include a comprehensive suite of support software and sample code examples.

 C5502 and C5509A eZdsp USB development tools key features and benefits



Energy-efficient C5502 and C5509A DSPs featuring C5509A at 0.96mW/MHz at 200 MHz and 1.6V core and the C5502 at 1mW/MHz at 300 MHz and 1.26V core

Allows developers to implement applications having low power, low cost signal processing requirements and evaluate DSP performance

Integrated XDS100v2 emulator ($70 to $500 value)

Eliminates the need to purchase a separate JTAG emulator to start development, lowering the upfront cost for DSP evaluation and making the tool more compact

Free, complete Code Composer Studio (CCS) integrated development environment (IDE) v4 software ($2,000 value), optimized DSP library, Image Library, Telecom Library (fax and voice), Chip Support Library and on-board audio codecs and connectors

Reduces development costs and allows quick and easy evaluation and development on the C5502 and C5509A DSPs for audio, voice, medical and other portable applications for faster time-to-market

microSD card slot (on the C5509A eZdsp USB development tool), 512 kB SPI flash and 1 MB SDRAM

Offers large data storage options and an option to store user program to SPI flash and boot from it to on-chip memory or SDRAM

USB 1.1 slave (on the C5509A eZdsp USB development tool), Ethernet, Bluetooth and ZigBee connectors

Enables evaluation of a range of connectivity options for developer’s applications

Fingerprint biometric swipe sensor connector and extension connector

Allows quick development of fingerprint access control system and the ability to design add-on cards for access to other serial ports on the DSP

2.5’’ x 4’’ USB-powered form factor

Improves user experience by having a simple and uncomplicated development platform

Pricing and availability

The C5502 eZdsp development tool, which includes a range of integrated peripheral devices along with an XDS100v2 emulator, a complete version of the industry-leading CCS IDE v4 and access to chip support, optimized DSP, Image and Telecom library with source code, is available now at the low cost of USD $89. The C5509A eZdsp development tool is also available now at the low cost of $99 and includes a USB1.1 slave port and a microSD card slot in addition to the C5502 eZdsp USB development tool features. Special incentives will be announced on TI E2E™ online community for active participants of the C5000 ultra-low-power DSP forum. Educators, university students and third-party developers can use special coupon codes through the university and third party discount webpage on TI.com. You can find out more by contacting the University Program coordinator or a local TI sales representative. 

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