TI TMS320VC5502 DSP Powers KORG RADIAS 24-voices Synthesizer

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) [NYSE:TXN], announced today that its high performance, low power TMS320VC5502 digital signal processor (DSP) was selected by KORG for RADIAS, the company’s latest 24-voices synthesizer which offers a variety of synthesis algorithms together with multiple effects, new comb filter and wave shaping features, modulation sequencing, as well as new formant-motion vocoding. The two RADIAS models will be available starting in May.

“While developing RADIAS, we put great emphasis on the concurrent execution of multiple sound sources during play, including analog modeling and various sound effects. TI’s VC5502 DSP, whose core is optimized for sound processing, was the best choice because it is able to easily implement these complex functions,” said Kenichi Nakamura, head of KORG’s product development department. “The high quality of sound sources is a key differentiator of the RADIAS synthesizer, and TI’s extensive support and rich development tools allowed our development team to quickly accumulate expert knowledge of target design so that we could seamlessly develop indispensable software for our customers.”

TI’s TMS320VC5502 16bit, fixed-point digital signal processor is based on the TMS320C55x(TM) DSP core, the latest generation of TI’s C5000(TM) DSP platform. The DSP features increased parallelism, a variable byte width instruction set for improved code density, and a set of multiple peripherals. KORG’s RADIAS products incorporate TI’s VC5502 DSP which enables RADIAS to offer features such as a 16-band vocoder, an oscillator and multi-mode filtering (low pass, high pass and band bass.) KORG leveraged more than 40 years of expertise to build the state-of-the art RADIAS synthesizer. Enhanced with KORG’s cutting-edge MMT (Multi Modeling Technology) synthesis engine, RADIAS integrates a synthesizer, effecter and vocoder into one chassis of innovative design covered by a highly-rigid aluminum frame. RADIAS was exhibited at NAMM SHOW 2006, in Anaheim, California gaining notable attention of the visitors, which ranged from amateur musicians to professional music producers. For more information, please go online.

About TMS320VC5502
Equipped with a 300MHz (600MIPS) C55x DSP core, the TMS320VC5502 DSP enables high performance processing and low power at an affordable price. Also, the DSP is fully code-compatible with other C5000 DSP products, giving designers increased flexibility to leverage code built on other devices. TI’s VC5502 DSP provides designers with a variety of benefits including advanced functions, longer battery life and much lower system cost. The target applications are embedded communications infrastructure systems, consumer audio systems, as well as medical, biometrics and industrial sensors.

About TI
Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analog technologies to meet our customers’ real-world signal processing requirements. In addition to Semiconductors, the company’s businesses include Sensors & Controls, and Educational & Productivity Solutions. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design or sales operations in more than 25 countries. Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN.

About KORG
Since being established in 1963, KORG Inc. has made every endeavor to manufacture the Epoch-making Electronic Musical Instruments backed by innovative creativity and extensive technological expertise unique to KORG. As a result, KORG products have grown to become the instrument of choice by top musicians, supported by the respect of avid music fans, to create and contribute to the suggestion of a new music culture using superior electronic musical instruments.

About NAMM
The International Music Products Association, commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization’s popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $16 billion global musical instruments and products industry. The association’s activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages. NAMM is comprised of nearly 9,000 Member companies. For more information about NAMM, interested parties can call 800-767-NAMM (6266).

TMS320C55x and C5000 are trademarks of Texas Instruments.