FET RapidFET Leverages Host Capable Serial RapidIO Endpoints

Fabric Embedded Tools Corporation (FET) announced the availability of its version 2.1 release of RapidFET(TM) which leverages host capable Serial RapidIO endpoints such as Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) digital signal processors (DSPs). RapidFET is a network management and diagnostic tool proven to work well with TI’s TMS320C6455 and TMS320TCI6482 DSPs to configure systems quickly, isolate problems and manage system traffic. The enumeration, auto discovery and other network management features enabled by the combination of RapidFET software on TI’s communication infrastructure focused DSPs, enable homogenous systems with DSP taking on more of system host and management functionality.

As communications networks continue to grow in complexity, base station and other telecom equipment manufacturers are constantly looking for ways in which to add performance, and simplify system design and management. Based on TI’s enhanced TMS320C64x+ DSP core, TI DSP platforms with embedded Serial RapidIO interface are designed specifically to address the high-bandwidth requirements of today’s leading edge communications systems. While Serial RapidIO based systems have advantages over legacy bus topologies in complex communications systems, their operation requires devices to be initialized and enumerated, as well as configuration of route tables for switches. With the help of graphical, easy to use tools such as RapidFET, communications OEMs can streamline system design, configuration and debug, thus overcoming system complexity and delivering efficient solutions.

Combining the TMS320C6455 DSP and TMS320TCI6482 DSP with RapidFET enables TI DSPs to easily boot, monitor and debug Serial RapidIO based systems. This allows developers to use the cost-efficient, low-power, high-performance characteristics of TI DSPs to create homogenous processing platforms, eliminating the need to use separate host controllers as seen in traditional architectures. The benefits of such homogenous systems include load balancing, inherent redundancy, simpler system design, smaller bill of materials and lower system maintenance costs. Such an implementation allows designers to let any TI DSP act as system debugging device or as a host to configure system resources and route tables. Not only are real time system performance-monitoring and diagnostics simplified, they can also be performed remotely, saving a costly maintenance “truck roll” to the site to analyze and solve the problem.

“From a communications infrastructure perspective, TI has always strived to provide high-performance solutions that help make system design and configuration easier,” said Sandeep Kumar, strategic marketing manager for TI’s wireless infrastructure group. “The use of RapidFET in conjunction with TI DSPs allows our customers to design homogenous platforms that help simplify and optimize their real time system management functionality. Relying on the multi-standard capability of TI DSPs, such systems are well suited in enabling common and convergent platforms for wireless and other broadband technologies.”

Even though RapidFET enables interaction with a system map by the push of a button, it also has command line control that allows designers to view and manipulate low levels of TI DSP features and capabilities in order to optimize system behavior. RapidFET also identifies and highlights faults and lets designers leverage the capabilities of Serial RapidIO in monitoring system health and potentially fixing errors, thus lowering development costs and accelerating time-to-market. In addition, RapidFET software on TI DSPs facilitates board level testing and enables interoperability testing with other Serial RapidIO enabled devices.

“TI’s C6455 DSP and TCI6482 DSP are key processors to many of our customers and the use of RapidFET software on TI DSPs ensures customers get instant results using this Serial RapidIO network management and diagnostic tool,” said Jim Parisien, president of FET Corporation. “TI’s DSPs have proven to be solid Serial RapidIO performers with a rich set of features that simplify using a DSP as a system host processor.”

TI’s TMS320C6455 DSP, TMS320TCI6482 DSP, and RapidFET software are available now. For more information on RapidFET software, please go online.