TI broadens scope of DSP/ARM multicore software development kits

November 18, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Texas Instruments has extended the range of low-power DSP + ARM devices covered by its MCSDK software, which now includes the OMAP-L138 DSP + ARM9 low-cost development kit, reducing development time and enabling scalability to high-performance DSPs: use SYS/BIOS and/or Linux on one platform

The Multicore Software Development Kit (MCSDK) is now available on the low-power OMAP-L138 and OMAP-L132 DSP + ARM9 processors, offering developers a path to TI's TMS320C6000 high-performance digital signal processors (DSPs). Customers developing applications for industrial, communications, telecom and medical markets can now migrate to higher-performance devices without moving to another software platform.

TI's MCSDK provides optimised bundles of platform-specific drivers; providing well-defined application programming interfaces for ease of programming, the MCSDK supports future portability to higher performance TI multicore platforms so that users do not have to develop common layers from scratch. The MCSDK gives developers the ability to evaluate hardware and software capabilities of the device-specific development platforms and to rapidly develop multicore applications. In addition, it enables applications to use SYS/BIOS and/or Linux on one platform. Typically the MCSDK individual cores can be assigned to operate Linux applications as a control plane while other cores are simultaneously assigned high-performance signal processing operations. This heterogeneous configuration provides software developers the flexibility to implement full solutions on TI's multicore processors. In the case of TI's OMAP-L138, the internal ARM9 processor can be assigned with a high-level operating system, such as embedded Linux, performing complex IO stack handling, while the TMS320C647x DSP runs TI RTOS (previously SYS/BIOS) real-time processing tasks.

The MCSDK contains libraries that are compatible with TI's C647x DSPs and KeyStone-based DSPs including the C665x, C667x, 66AK2Hx and 66AK2Ex processors. With the MCSDK, developers are able to access and benefit from various optimised DSP libraries including the Math Library, Digital Signal Processing Library, Image and Video Processing Library, Telecom Libraries and Speech and Video Codecs. The OMAP-L138 processor hosts a combination of application-tuned features and peripherals including Ethernet, USB, SATA, Video Port Interface (VPIF), and uPP.

MCSDK for the OMAP-L138 processor is downloadable free on TI.com. For an easy to use, low-cost development kit to jumpstart a development, the OMAP-L138 LCDK (TMDXLCDK138) development kit costs $195.00.

TI, http://www.ti.com/tool/tmdxlcdk138?DCMP=dsp-mc-omapl138-131030&HQS=dsp-mc-omapl138-pr-sw1