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Monday, March 29, 2010

ConnX D2 Delivers Outstanding 16-bit Fixed Point DSP Performance on Compiled C Code

No need for assembly code optimization. This allows SOC development teams to have greater flexibility in resource allocation as well as the ability to quickly change algorithms. C code optimized with TI C6x or ITU C intrinsic functions compiles directly to the ConnX D2 instruction set, allowing developers to benefit from pre-existing TI and ITU code bases.

The ConnX D2 option adds dual 16-bit multiply-accumulate (MAC) units and a 40-bit register file to the base RISC architecture of the Xtensa LX processor. The ConnX D2 engine utilizes two-way SIMD (single instruction, multiple data) instructions to provide high performance on vectorizable C code. It also delivers dual-MAC performance using 64-bit VLIW (very long instruction word) instructions for code that cannot be vectorized.