[sdiy] DSP or Micro

Eric Brombaugh ebrombaugh1 at cox.net
Fri May 6 19:29:55 CEST 2011

* C4 Beagleboard costs roughly the same as the Symphony Soundbite 
development board when I got one a few years ago. Are those even 
available today?

* Dev tools are Linux / GCC - 100% free. The OS images including a full 
toolchain (C/C++/Assembler, as well as perl/python/etc) are available 
online for download. The guys at Liquidware even paid a developer to 
port Octave onto it (free Matlab-alike) so that's also available (gratis 
of course).

* Building anything directly with these highly integrated SOCs is not 
something for the DIYer. They're BGAs with 100s of tightly spaced balls 
and require advanced PCB and manufacturing processes. Most folks getting 
their feet wet in this arena start with something like the Beagleboard, 
or Gumstix Overo System-on-Module to bypass the tough assembly problems.


On 05/06/2011 10:15 AM, Jerry Gray-Eskue wrote:
> I like it all but the price tag and possible dev tools cost, still once I
> have a defined target system I might use the ARM on a new board. The ARM
> piece price is probably OK given they are selling the whole system at this
> price.
> Thanks
> Jerry
> -----Original Message-----
> From: synth-diy-bounces at dropmix.xs4all.nl
> [mailto:synth-diy-bounces at dropmix.xs4all.nl] On Behalf Of Eric Brombaugh
> Sent: Friday, May 06, 2011 11:22 AM
> To: Synth-diy at synth-diy.org
> Subject: Re: [sdiy] DSP or Micro
> Biggest, baddest, overkill DSP? How about this:
> http://beagleboard.org/
> * 32-bit ARM Cortex A8 with Neon SIMD running at 1GHz
> * Integrated TMS320C64x+ DSP running at 430MHz
> * 512 MB DDR DRAM
> * on-board stereo codec
> * on-board HDMI&  S-video
> * on-board ethernet, USB, SD, Serial
> * GPIO, camera, digital audio, etc expansion connectors
> * Runs Linux&  other OSes. Do development in a GUI right on the board.
> Run Pd, JACK, Chuck, etc.
> $149
> Or go with the slightly older BB rev C4 for $125 (slower CPU, less
> memory, no ethernet)
> Note that I'm only partly kidding. While it's possible to do audio work
> on these boards, there's a lot of other stuff to learn in the process.
> Not for the faint of heart...

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