TI claims its new DSP chip to be ten times faster than existing chips

TI claims its new DSP chip to be ten times faster than existing chips
Tom Foremski
Texas Instruments (TI) said it will introduce its most powerful floating point digital signal processor in the third quarter of this year. The 320C6701 is capable of executing 1 billion floating point operations-per-second running at 167MHz, ten times faster than current DSPs.
It is pin compatible with its 320C62x line, making it possible for customers to reuse software code between its fixed and floating point DSPs. Volume production of the chip is scheduled for the first half of 1999 and will be fabricated in its 0.18-micron process.
TI will announce high end versions of the 320C6701 later this year and early next year. The 320C6701 is the first in a line of DSP products based on TI’s 32 bit floating point core announced last October. TI is preparing a wide range of software development tools and is targeting the DSP at high end applications in communications, graphics processing and speech recognition.
Samples of the 320C6701 are planned for the second half of 1998. It will be available in a 352-pin ball grid array for $196 each in quantities of 25,000.


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