BDTI Benchmarks for picoChip PC102 multicore-DSP

According to Berkeley Design Technology (BDTI) benchmarks, picoChip’s PC102 multicore signal processing device has a 40-fold advantage in price-performance over traditional DSP processors solutions in key communications benchmarks, and 8-times higher absolute performance.

The BDTI Communications Benchmark (OFDM)(TM) shows that the PC102 picoArray(TM) can implement 14 benchmark channels in a single device running 160MHz. This represents a cost per channel of $6.78, some 40 times less than the figure for competing traditional DSPs.

The BDTI Communication Benchmark (OFDM) is designed to be representative of the signal processing workloads found in communications equipment for applications such as DSL, cable modems and wireless systems. It is intended to enable benchmarking and comparison of a wide range of devices on real-world, datapath-focused applications. Each channel of the benchmark is a representative model of an Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex (OFDM) modem, including filter, Fast Fourier Transform (FFT), slicer and Viterbi decoder.

Certified Results for the BDTI Communications Benchmark (OFDM)[TM]

High Capacity Results
TI TMS320C6455 1GHz 1.09 channels $268.50/channel (without use of Viterbi coprocessor)
TI TMS320C6455 1GHz <1.8 channels >$163/channel (estimated, with use of Viterbi coprocessor)
Freescale MSC8144 3.5 channels $57/channel (estimated)
Altera 1S80-6 60 channels $10/channel (previous generation)
picoChip PC102 @ 160MHz 14 channels $6.78/channel (previous generation, 130nm)
Xilinx Virtex-4 FX140– 10 speed grade 432 channels $2.97/channel

Cost-Optimized
TI TMS320C6410 400MHz 0.31 channels $48.23/channel
Freescale MSC8144 3.5 channels $66/channel (estimated)
Altera 1S80-6 60 channels $10/channel (previous generation)
picoChip PC102 14 channels $6.78/channel (previous generation, 130nm)
Xilinx Virtex-4 SX25 Slowest speed grade 64 channels $1.39/channel
Altera Stratix II 2S15 Slowest speed grade 20 channels $2.75/channel

More info:
picoChip multicore-DSP 40x Better in BDTI Benchmarks
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