The MSC8156 evaluation module (MSC8156EVM) is a cost-effective tool intended for engineers evaluating the MSC815x and MSC825x family of Freescale digital signal processors (DSPs). The MSC815x and MSC825x family of DSPs are highly integrated DSP processors that contain one, two, four or six StarCore SC3850 cores. The family supports raw programmable DSP performance values ranging from 8 GMACs to 48 GMACs, with each DSP core running at 1 GHz. These devices target high-bandwidth, highly computational DSP applications such as 3GPP, TD-SCDMA, 3G-LTE and WiMAX base station applications as well as aerospace and defense, medical imaging, video, voice and test and measurement applications.
The MSC8156EVM is intended to serve as a platform for evaluating the capabilities of the MSC815X and MSC825x family of DSPs. On-board resources and the associated CodeWarrior tools enable a variety of tasks, including:
Download and run code
Display memory and registers
The MSC8156EVM supports two working configurations:
Stand-alone mode: The MSC8156EVM can run in stand-alone mode with direct connections to a development system for debug, power supply and other external connections.
PCI Express® mode: With the MSC8156EVM plugged into a PCI Express connector as provided, for instance, on Freescale's QorIQ enabled COM single board computer (SBC) environment. The EVM allows testing of PCI Express and Serial RapidIO® interconnects and is designed to be compatible with a standard PCI Express interconnect.