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Texas – Free tool provides drag-and-drop functionality for DSP-based system design (C6EZFlo)Jul 30 2010 - Design & Manufacture [More Design & Manufacture Articles]
Allowing digital signal processing developers to effortlessly leverage the computational power of its digital signal processors (DSPs), Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced the C6EZFlo graphical software development tool.
The C6EZFlo tool simplifies and accelerates the development process by enabling developers to generate prototype software on TI DSPs without learning new programming languages or specific DSP architecture.
The C6EZFlo’s ‘unique’ graphical interface enables developers to utilize drag-and-drop functionality to create a signal flow block diagram. The blocks in the diagram represent anything from a peripheral input/output data transaction to a specialized DSP filter kernel. The tool generates heavily commented and cleanly structured C code based on the block diagram, which the developer can use in its raw form or modify to adjust the design. Developers can leverage C6EZFlo with TI’s C6000 DSP devices, such as C674x DSPs, as well as DSP-based DaVinci video processors, including DM643x and DM648, which enables quick and easy prototyping for various end applications, including industrial imaging, industrial monitoring, test and measurement, music effects and medical imaging applications.
The tool provides comprehensive drag-and-drop functionality, allowing developers to connect blocks with peripherals on the DSP and optimize processing, and allows simple, rapid prototyping without expertise in DSP code, architecture or drivers. It generates clean code that is easy to understand, modify and expand during future application development. It speeds time to market by reducing prototyping, debugging and optimization time, and produces system signal flow block diagrams that can be reused when migrating to other TI DSPs. It also enables scalability across TI DSP products, offering developers cost and time to market savings with software reuse. The C6EZFlo graphical software development tool is available for download free from TI’s web site, says the company.More news from Texas Instruments