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TMS320C6412: Life cycle status

Part Number: TMS320C6412
Other Parts Discussed in Thread: 66AK2G12

What is the life cycle status of the DSP TMS320C6412AZNZA5, could you please predict how long will it be before it goes to end of life as we are planning to re-design a product developed with this platform and we prefer not to change it, is that recommended? 

  • Hi,

    The product folder states that this device is ACTIVE, so it will be in production for some time in the future. We don't have marketing information how long, but even if stopped from production it's support will not be discontinued.

    Best Regards,
    Yordan
  • Hi Zhiping:

    As Yordan mentions, this product is Active and OK to order from TI. We can't forecast the product's longevity, but I can tell you some information that may help. It is a member of a product family that has several active part numbers and has a relatively stable customer base for TI. In general, TI will continue to supply the part as long as there is demand and we have means to continue manufacturing and testing the product. This said, the product is more than 10 years old and we are no longer updating software or development boards for this. For your information, TI's policy for product withdrawal can be found here: www.ti.com/.../quality-policies-procedures-faqs.html

    If you would like to consider an alternative product that is earlier in its lifecycle, here are some suggestions. Each would require redesign work from your product, but the DSP cores will run the same C64x instruction set that you have on the C6412 DSP. And each of the alternatives below are supported by our Processor SDK software platform, which is our current technology receiving regular updates and enhancements. See more here: www.ti.com/.../processor-sw.html

    - TMS320C674x family DSP (www.ti.com/.../overview.html): Processor speeds up to 456MHz, floating point DSP, but will also run all C64x fixed point instruction code.
    - OMAPL138 (www.ti.com/.../OMAP-L138): C674x DSP + Arm9 SoC processor; speeds up to 456MHz
    - 66AK2G12 (www.ti.com/.../66AK2G12): Just released to production, device has 66x DSP Core and Arm Cortex A15. CPU speeds of 600MHz and 1GHz
    - TMS320C665x ( www.ti.com/.../TMS320C6655): C66x DSP core with product options from 600MHz to 1.25GHz.

    I hope this information helps you make a decision.
    john
  • Thanks John for the clarification and suggestions, the information helps us out. We are quite familiar with OMAPL138, as it is used on one of our products which was developed 2 years ago and currently is in mass production.
  • Thank you Yordan for the information.