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DSPBridge Open Source DSP Development On OMAP

The DSPBridge project allows open-source developers to use the OMAP processor’s on-chip DSP with embedded Linux. The DSP support is configured as a device driver when compiling the kernel, for details see the DSPBridge Project WIKI page on OMAPpedia.org.  Sample code is included that demonstrate common tasks.  There are a few articles on DSPBridge for popular OMAP development boards;  BeagleBoard users can use the BeagleBoard/DSP Howto and for the gumstix see the article Breaking Free the Gumstix DSP in Linux Journal.  There is also an OMAP DSP Bridge project page and forum on the Texas Instruments gforge website.  You can find a number of useful PDFs including the DSP/BIOS Bridge reference guide and programming guide.  In the documentation on the TI site, they call it the DSP/BIOS Bridge from the TI DSP/BIOS real-time kernel used on the DSP.

DSP Bridge Architecture

ADI Offering Discounts on Blackfin Development Tools

Analog Devices is offering up to 60% discount off the cost of it’s Blackfin development tools until April 30, 2011. The discounts are for bundles of VisualDSP++ Development Software and USB-based emulators.  There is also a $50 discount on a Blackfin EZ-KIT Lite or Blackin EZ-Board.  To receive the discounts, contact your local distributor or ADI representative.


New BeagleBoard Offers More Peripherals and Higher Performance

The new BeagleBoard-xM almost doubles the performance of the original BeagleBoard and adds a number of new interfaces.  The new board delivers almost 2000  Dhrystone MIPS and 20 million polygons per second with its TI DM3730 processor containing a Cortex-A8 ARM and TMS320C64x DSP Core.   The new board will be available soon from Digikey, and you can also purchase one by registering for an ESC Boston 2010 Hands-On BeagleBoard Workshop.

The workshops being offered at the embedded systems conference cover the Beagleboard architecture, tools, device driver development, and Microsoft Windows Embedded Compact 7.