Integrating fixed- and floating-point capability in the same DSP core enables a fundamental change in the way algorithms for embedded systems are developed and deployed. This may sound overstated, but it is true. The amount of effort that has been spent on implementing algorithms in fixed point digital systems is enormous. The “need for speed” mandated the effort because fast floating-point DSPs simply weren’t available until now. Algorithms developed with floating-point tools like Matlab can be ported simply and easily to the DSP without a laborious conversion to fixed point. With TI’s new C66x DSP floating-point computation capabilities, most of this effort is no longer necessary.