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Lowest-power OMAP-L1x DSP + ARM processor combines cost-sensitive benefits with real-time processing

August 30, 2011 | Paul Buckley | 222903252
Texas Instruments Incorporated has introduced its OMAP-L132 DSP + ARM processor, the lowest cost and lowest power processor in the OMAP-L1x DSP + ARM processor generation. The newest DSP + ARM processor enables real-time, fixed- and floating-point signal processing, connectivity and communication starting at $8.55.
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The OMAP-L132 processor allows entry into cost-sensitive markets and is well suited for power-efficient communications and industrial applications such as:

Software defined radios: Ideal for public safety radios (PSRs), the integrated DSP core enables support for wireless protocol-specific functions, including signal filtering, modulation/demodulation and modem functions. The ARM allows user system management, control and connectivity. The OMAP-L132 processor offers a cost-effective solution for PSRs, allowing budget-restricted public safety officials to purchase more radios to help protect even more people.

Programmable automation controllers (PAC): PACs are compact controllers that combine the powerful mathematical processing and precise real-time response capability of a DSP with a PC or a digital computer to automate factory machine equipment and control the motor movement parameters such as steps, direction and speed. The ARM core enables high-level system control, communications and user interfaces. PACs based on the OMAP-L132 processor can help make the factory floor safer and more efficient, reducing factory production costs. PACs can also eliminate risk by preventing human exposure to hazardous equipment and materials.

The OMAP-L132 is software and pin compatible with several existing TMS320C674x and ARM9-based devices in TIs portfolio, including the OMAP-L138 DSP + ARM processor and AM18x ARM microprocessors, enabling developers to quickly and easily reuse software and hardware investments to add or remove functionality and expand their product portfolios. With access to TIs C6EZRun and C6EZAccel software development tools, developers unfamiliar with DSP can easily develop software on the DSP to achieve unmatched real-time performance while freeing-up the ARM for system control, communications and connectivity.

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