Texas instruments has launched a low cost DSP evaluation kit based on its TMS320VC5xxx family of Fixed point DSP processors. This can be a very handy tool for students who are willing to enter the world of DSP.

The board comes with all the necessary interfaces for connecting external hardware. 

Processor features:

  • High-Performance, Low-Power, TMS320C55x™ • Device
  • USB Port With Integrated 2.0
  • Fixed-Point Digital Signal Processor
  • 60-, 100-MHz Clock Rate
  • LCD Bridge With Asynchronous Interface
  • Tightly-Coupled FFT Hardware Accelerator
  • 10-Bit 4-Input Successive Approximation (SAR) ADC
  • Two Arithmetic/Logic Units (ALUs)
  • Real-Time Clock (RTC) With Crystal Input
  • 320 K Bytes Zero-Wait State On-Chip RAM,
  • 128K Bytes of Zero Wait-State On-Chip ROM
  • IEEE-1149.1 (JTAG™) interface for debugging
  • Up to 26 General-Purpose I/O (GPIO) Pins
  • 16-/8-Bit External Memory Interface (EMIF)
  • Three 32-Bit General-Purpose Timers
  • Four Direct Memory Access (DMA) Controllers
  • Serial-Port Interface (SPI) With Four Chip-Selects
  • UART interface,
  • I2C interface
  • Four Inter-IC Sound (I2S Bus™) for Data Transport

  Processor Applications:

  • Wireless Audio Devices (e.g., Headsets,Voice Applications)
  • Portable Medical Devices
  • Industrial Controls
  • Fingerprint Biometrics
  • Software Defined Radio

Software development: Only software needed is the Code Composer studio IDE, which is provided for free by TI.  

Debugging/ Programming: The board comes with a onboard XDS100 JTAG emulator so all you need is to connect the board to PC using the USB cable and have a seamless interface for debugging and programming using the Code composer studio IDE.  

Price and availability:

The TMDX5505EZDSP - BOARD, DEV, EZDSP USB-STICK is available for buying in India @ element14 website for Rs 4,830/-

There is one more version of this board on element14 for Rs 4,926/-

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