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Texas Instruments Announces New TMS320C64x™ DSP that Dramatically Reduces System Costs for Networking, Telecom and Advanced Imaging

New 720 MHz Version of TMS320C6412™ DSP with Integrated Peripherals and Memory Available Now

Feb 16, 2005

HOUSTON (February 16, 2005) - Bringing exceptional performance and value to a wide range of high-end digital signal processor (DSP) applications, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) today announced production-qualified samples of the TMS320C6412TM DSP, now running at 720 megahertz (MHz). Leveraging an effective combination of integrated peripherals, on-chip memory and high performance, the C6412TM responds to customers´ needs to reduce overall system costs and device board space in telecom infrastructure, networking and high-resolution imaging applications. The device is 100 percent code-compatible with other TMS320C6000TM DSPs and supported by TI´s proven software and tools helping to simplify system development for faster time to market. For more information, please see: www.ti.com/c6412720pr.

Twice the Performance at Lower Costs

Among the types of systems that can benefit from the high performance and cost savings of the C6412 DSP are networked applications such as voice-over packet and video servers; high-resolution and industrial imaging applications such as professional imaging and visual inspection systems; and office machines such as printers, scanners, copiers and faxes.

Many customers designing these applications have requested an increase in DSP performance to enable higher channel density in telecom and networking infrastructure, and to provide more processing capacity for high-end imaging applications. This new version of the device carries forward TI's C6412 strategy of providing high DSP performance at an affordable price. Based on TI's highest-performing DSP core architecture and advanced 130nm CMOS process technology, the 720 MHz C6412 DSP achieves 2,880 million 16-bit multiply-accumulate operations (MMACs) per second. The C6412's new performance levels enable developers of high-end, multi-channel communications systems to replace multiple DSPs in production systems with a single C6412, and utilize an on chip Ethernet MAC (media access controller) and/or PCI interface for efficient communications. Such a high level of system consolidation dramatically reduces board costs for manufacturers, helping to lower equipment expense for service providers so that they can pass on lower prices to consumers.

"With the emerging desire of telecom providers to add video processing to their existing voice applications, the extra 120 MHz provided in TI's new chip positions it perfectly to fit the triple-play (voice/video/data) usage model forecast for the coming year," states Avi Fisher, chief technology officer of Surf Communication Solutions. "The increased performance of the new DSP enables Surf to either increase our densities by a factor of 20 percent and increase our channel density from 32 universal ports (voice/fax/data) to 38; or enable 32 universal ports alongside video transcoding ports. This makes the C6412 an ideal solution for an all-in-one enterprise gateway for triple-play applications because it allows simultaneous processing of all these transmission types on the same DSP."

Rich Set of Peripherals and On-chip Memory

Complementing the high performance of the C6412 architecture, the device integrates an optimized mix of peripherals that provide design flexibility and fast data throughput while saving external components and board space. Peripheral functions include an on-chip Ethernet MAC, peripheral component interconnect (PCI) port, host port interface (HPI), enhanced direct memory access (EDMA) controller supporting up to 64 independent channels, and 64-bit external memory interface (EMIF). To further speed processing, the device also integrates generous on-chip random access memory (RAM), featuring 256 Kbytes in level 2 cache.

"TI's C6000 platform is the highest-performing, easy to use platform of DSPs for infrastructure applications," said Thomas Brooks, DSP product marketing manager, TI. "The new 720-MHz C6412 DSP enables TI customers to increase the performance of their networked products while reducing overall system cost."

Availability and Pricing

The 720 MHz version of TI´s TMS320C6412 DSP adds to the 500 and 600 MHz versions that are already in full production. Production-qualified samples of the 720 MHz C6412 DSP are available now, with volume production scheduled for 2Q05. Production order entry is open now for 720 MHz versions. C6412 pricing ranges from $37.95 for 500 MHz to $63.99 for 720 MHz, per unit in quantities of 10K units.