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KeyStone-based System on a Chip

26 November 2013

Texas Instruments

Texas Instruments has announced a new KeyStone-based System on a Chip (SoC) and EVM for development of high performance computer systems. The device known as '66AK2H14' provides developers with access to a 10Gbps Ethernet switch-on-chip. The company claims the inclusion of the 10GigE switch, along with the other high-speed, on-chip interfaces can save board space which has the potential to lower system cost and power. The new evaluation module (EVM) released in conjunction with this device enables developers to evaluate and benchmark the system.

TI’s KeyStone represents an innovation in multicore architecture, providing high performance, low-power processors. It can provide full processing capability to every core in a multicore processor.

The 66AK2H14 SoC provides computational DSP performance at 307 GMACS/153 GFLOPS and 19600 DMIPS of ARM performance, making it ideal for applications such as video surveillance, radar processing, medical imaging, machine vision, and geological exploration.

In addition, the new SoC features a wide array of unique high-speed interfaces, including PCIe, RapidIO, Hyperlink, 1Gbps and 10Gbps Ethernet, achieving total I/O throughput of up to 154Gbps.

The EVMK2H features a single 66AK2H14 SoC, a status LCD, two 1Gbps Ethernet RJ-45 interfaces and on-board emulation. An optional EVM breakout card (available separately) also provides two 10Gbps Ethernet optical interfaces for 20Gbps backplane connectivity and optional wire rate switching in high density systems.

TI offers a range of power management and analogue signal chain components to increase the system performance of 66AK2H14 SoC-based designs. In addition to TI’s Linux distribution provided in the MCSDK, Wind River Linux is available now for the 66AK2H14.

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