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DSP Software Development Techniques for Embedded and Real-Time Systems by Robert Oshana

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DSP Architectures

General-purpose processors are designed to have broad functionality. These processors are designed to be used in a wide variety of applications. The performance goal of general-purpose processors is maximized performance over a broad range of applications. Specialized processors, on the other hand, are designed to take advantage of the limited functionality required by their applications to meet specific objectives. DSPs are a type of specialized processor. These processors are designed to focus on signal processing applications. Hence, there is little or no support to date for features such as virtual memory management, memory protection, and certain types of exceptions.

DSPs, as a type of specialized processor, have customized ...

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