History Texas Instruments' DSP Timeline of Important Events
As one of the world's major semiconductor manufacturers, Texas Instruments offers digital and analog devices. 30 years ago, the company introduced its first digital signal processor.
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June 1978: TI’s Speak & Spell debuts at the Summer Consumer Electronics Show. The toy is powered by the TMC0280/TMS5100 – the first self-contained LPC speech synthesizer integrated circuit ever made. The chip introduced digital signal processing technology to consumers.
1981: TI establishes the first DSP University Program, designed to support universities interested in digital signal processing technology. TI's support helps move digital signal processor study from Ph.D. and Master’s level to undergraduate course curricula in universities across the country.
1982: TI introduces its first digital signal processor (DSP), the TMS32010, at the ISSCC Conference. This DSP was targeted at defense and modems applications and ran at 5 MIPS.
1984: TI is the first manufacturer to introduce a second generation of DSPs: the TMS320C2x.
1985: TI manufactures first DSP using CMOS process technologya and takes the lead in DSP support by setting up the industry’s first DSP technical hotline. Other support includes the industry’s first PC-based development tools and the first support information service accessible via modem.
1987: The first consumer toy to use a DSP is Worlds of Wonder’s "Julie Doll," using TI's TMS320C17 for voice recognition.
TI publishes its first DSP textbook, Digital Signal Processing Applications with the TMS320 Family.
1988: TI introduces the industry’s first floating-point DSP – the TMS320C3x. High-performance applications demanding floating-point performance include voice/fax mail, 3-D graphics, bar-code scanners and video conferencing audio and visual systems. The world’s first DSP-based hearing aid uses TI’s TMS320C1x DSP.
1989: TI introduces highest performance fixed-point DSP generation in the industry, the TMS320C5x, operating at 28 MIPS. The C5x delivers two to four times the performance of any other fixed-point DSP. Targeted to the industrial, communications, computer and automotive segments, the C5x DSPs are used mainly in telephones, high-speed modems, printers and copiers.