Symphony Studio Simplifies Audio System Design

Freescale Semiconductor has developed a new tool set for its Symphony line of audio digital signal processors (DSPs) to further enable the rapid design of advanced digital audio applications. The tool suite, dubbed Symphony Studio, features an integrated development environment (IDE), which can reduce development time significantly, a critical requirement in the increasingly competitive audio market.

Symphony Studio uses the Eclipse extensible development platform, an open source industry standard IDE, to provide DSP users a very productive way to develop, debug and simulate during code development. The tool set supports Freescale’s recently announced Symphony multi-core DSP5672x family. It is also backward compatible with the company’s widely deployed Symphony DSP5636x and DSP5637x audio DSPs, as well as Freescale’s comprehensive DSP56300 family of devices.

“Our Symphony DSP customers are designing high-performance next-generation products, such as advanced home theater, automotive entertainment systems and professional sound equipment,” said Todd Benson, manager of consumer home and distribution, Freescale. “By providing an easy-to-use tools environment that speeds the design process and allows designers to focus on optimizing the overall performance of the system,, we enable our customers to deliver best-in-class products that meet their stringent design schedules.”

At no additional cost, Freescale customers can upgrade to the advanced Symphony Studio for use with the existing Symphony products, including the DSP5636x and DSP5637x families and the Symphony DSP56720 and DSP56721 multi-core 24-bit audio processors. Future enhancements to the tool suite are expected to include support for third-party plug-ins.

The full-featured Eclipse integrated development environment in the Symphony Studio streamlines application software development. Developers can perform project management, code editing, building and debugging all in the same environment. The advanced tool set supports legacy parallel port JTAG debug tools and advanced USB JTAG tools, which are becoming more popular due to the lack of parallel port support on some computer hardware.

Driving Innovation in Audio Applications
The Symphony DSP products from Freescale are targeted at consumer, professional audio and automotive applications that require high-performance audio processing. Examples include the Sony Blu-Ray Disc(TM) and HD-DVD players, home A/V receivers, car amplifiers and entertainment systems, professional audio recording equipment, and musical instruments and amplifiers.

Freescale’s Symphony family of 24-bit DSPs for digital audio applications has been a leader in the industry for two decades with an established market presence in automotive, consumer and professional digital audio systems.

Symphony Studio is expected to sample to beta engineering customers in May 2007. The commercial release is planned for later in the year. Freescale’s Symphony multi-core audio DSP56720 and DSP56721 solutions are sampling in limited quantities now. Volume production is expected in the third quarter of 2007. The suggested resale price is $11.89 (USD) for 10K quantity.

About Freescale Semiconductor
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. The privately held company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale is one of the world’s largest semiconductor companies with 2006 sales of $6.4 billion (USD).

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