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Multicore made easier by port of 3L Diamond tools to Advantech DSPC-8682 and DSPC-8681 DSP boards.

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3L Diamond, helping to harness the performance of power-efficient TMS320C6678 DSPs from Texas Instruments

EDINBURGH, Scotland, Feb. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- 3L Ltd, the only provider of multicore tools with decades of exclusive focus on simplifying multiprocessing, today announced availability of its 3L Diamond tool suite for use with the Advantech DSPC-8682 and DSPC-8681 DSP boards.

Under continuous evolution since 1987, 3L Diamond automatically handles the interconnection management and other housekeeping chores when tasks are moved to different cores or devices. Engineers are free to focus on the application instead of the irritating minutiae of the connectivity. This freedom helps maximise the benefits from  Texas Instruments' (TI's) TMS320C6678 multicore DSPs, based on the KeyStoneTM architecture. The Advantech DSPC-8681 and DSPC-8682 are built upon four and eight multicore C6678 DSP devices from TI respectively, with high-speed inter-DSP communications and high-bandwidth interconnection to the host. The DSPC-8681 is half-length PCI Express card with PCIe Gen2 x8 interface and the DSPC-8682 is full-length with PCIe Gen3 x8 interface to the edge connector.

The Advantech DSPC-8681 and DSPC-8682 are the latest of many pre-installed hardware platforms supported within 3L Diamond. Each licence includes access to all supported devices and boards. Copious royalty-free examples and tutorials demonstrate the creation and simple movement of tasks around available hardware.

"Moving tasks between devices and cores becomes a trivial effort using 3LDiamond." said Guy Hunter, responsible for Sales and Business Development at 3L. "Whether migrating legacy code or deciding on the best topology, the flexibility provided by 3L Diamond dramatically reduces risks of project delays associated with change."

Dr Peter Robertson, Tech Founder of 3L Ltd, said, "By holding the complete application in a single binary file Diamond takes away problems of loading all those cores with the correct code and data, starting all the processors in a controlled manner, and managing communication."

"We're pleased to see 3L porting their multiprocessing software tools to Advantech's TI C6678-DSP-based PCIe cards. This will help customers across a broad set of industrial markets to accelerate their multi-core DSP software development cycles and speed up application migration from legacy DSPs to state-of the-art devices." added David Lin, Senior Director of DSP and video solutions at Advantech.

About 3L Ltd

Making multiprocessing simple has been the sole focus of 3L since it was formed in 1987. Pain-free movement of tasks from one processing element to another is the essence of 3L expertise. 3L works in close collaboration with tools provided by device manufacturers.  ?We know we are doing our job right when during a demonstration the customer says...."It can't be that simple. Show me again."? 3L Ltd is a member of the Texas Instruments Design Network.


About Advantech

About Advantech – Founded in 1983, Advantech is a leader in providing trusted, innovative products, services, and solutions. Advantech offers comprehensive system integration, hardware, software, customer-centric design services, embedded systems, automation products, and global logistics support. Our mission is to enable an intelligent planet with embedded computing products and solutions that empower the development of smarter working and living. With Advantech, there's no limit to the applications and innovations our products make possible. 

Advantech's DSP portfolio includes ATCA, AdvancedMC™ and PCI Express products, enabling unprecedented levels in DSP core density, boosting voice call capacity and increasing video transcoding quality and throughput. Multimedia Processing Engines (MPE) in full- and half-length PCIe form factor offer impressive HD transcoding performance and are targeted at applications in digital media, as well as a variety of broader industry markets. Advantech also offers high-level system integration by leveraging its standard product offerings ranging from a wide selection of chassis, backplanes, single-board computers (SBCs), appliances and servers. Combined with Advantech's video cards, these integrated video platforms can be tailored and configured to meet a range of system requirements in terms of video channel density, power budget, physical dimensions and cost. Such near-turn-key solutions significantly reduce the time-to-market efforts for customers and also provide optimized video platforms to the market in a timely manner.


About the Texas Instruments Design Network

3L is a member of the TI Design Network, a premier group of independent, well-established companies that offer products and system-level design and manufacturing services complementing TI's semiconductors to a worldwide customer base to accelerate product innovation and time-to-market. Network members provide product design, hardware and software system integration, turnkey product design, RF and processor system modules, reference platforms, software development, proof-of-concept design, feasibility studies, research, certification compliance, prototyping, manufacturing, and product life cycle management. For more information about the TI Design Network, please visit

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