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CommAgility Rolls-Out AMC-4C6678 Module Ideal for High-Performance DSP Applications


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July 26, 2013

CommAgility Rolls-Out AMC-4C6678 Module Ideal for High-Performance DSP Applications

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

High-performance digital signal processing (DSP) applications, such as image sensor processing, telecoms and stepper control, can now be incorporated with the new DSP processing module from CommAgility to get a total performance of 640 gigaflops (performance-per-watt) and 1280 Giga multiply-accumulate operations per second (GMACS).

CommAgility is a manufacturer of signal processing advanced Mezzanine card (AMC) modules for wireless and other signal processing applications.

The company’s latest high performance DSP processing module is AMC-4C6678. Housed in a compact AMC form factor, the new board offers four of the latest TMS320C6678 fixed- and floating-point octal core DSPs from Texas Instruments (News - Alert) (TI) running at 1.25 GHz.

This feature makes it suitable for a wide range of high performance DSP applications, such as image sensor processing, telecoms and stepper control.

Available immediately, the new AMC-4C6678 provides a wide range of connectivity to the backplane and front panel. It delivers high speed, flexible I/O to support the 32 DSP cores.

The new AMC-4C6678 DSP processing module houses PCI (News - Alert) Express and Gigabit Ethernet interfaces that use on-board switches for maximum flexibility and access to all DSPs on the card. It also houses a Serial RapidIO (News - Alert) (SRIO) link, which is directly connected to one DSP. This link is shared using Hyperlink and then extended to the second DSP pair.

Suitable for use in both ATCA carriers and MicroTCA (News - Alert) chassis, the new module can also operate standalone, with suitable power and cooling.

The AMC-4C6678, which is single width PICMG AMC.0 R2.0 AMC module, comes with software that includes full board support libraries and an IP stack with Telnet/TFTP for Ethernet-based board control and upgrade.

For additional control and management of multiple tasks across all 32 DSP cores, the AMC-4C6678 is supported with 3L Diamond as well.

In addition, debug support is provided via on-board serial port connectors, as well as RS-232 and JTAG debuggers via the company’s AMC-BB Debug Breakout Board.

"Our TMS320C6678 provides a massive amount of DSP performance, with a flexible fixed- and floating-point architecture," said Arnon Friedmann, marketing manager, at Texas Instruments, in a statement. "With CommAgility's new AMC-4C6678, embedded designers can now harness all this power for even the most demanding of applications."

Edited by Blaise McNamee

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