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Linux Support from Softier Now Available on TI's High-Performance DSPs

Softier's MediaLinux software solution for TI DM64x digital media processors to be showcased at the 2004 TI Developer Conference

Dec 18, 2003

HOUSTON and SUNNYVALE, CA (December 18, 2003) – Continuing to lead in the delivery of  robust software development tools, Softier Inc. and Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN) today announced the availability of a new software technology that allows Linux applications to run natively on TI's TMS320C64x™ digital signal processors (DSP) and TMS320DM64x™ fully software programmable digital media processors.  Softier, a silver sponsor at the TI Developer Conference (Houston, February 18-20, 2004), will be demonstrating TI's DM642-based standalone board running MediaLinuxTM alongside real-time playback of D1-resolution disk-resident video file.  For more information, please see: www.ti.com/softierdm642


Softier's MediaLinux software, built on the foundation of TI's DSP/BIOS™ kernel, brings new options to DSP system developers.  By allowing developers to combine the richness of embedded Linux with the versatility of the high performance DSP, system developers can realize reductions in cost and power consumption as well as faster time to market with an entirely DSP-driven system.  Software designers find that Linux makes the implementation of today's complex embedded devices practical and cost-efficient, as the bulk of the OS code continues to improve through open source contributions while they can concentrate on application code and integration. 


"Softier identified the opportunity to combine the power of the emerging de-facto standard in embedded software with the best in class high-performance DSP and created a flexible, cost-effective engine for the next generation of video, imaging and wireless/telecom infrastructure applications," said Eatamar Drory, CTO, Softier Inc.  "The continuous momentum behind the TMS320C6000™ platform and the wide industry support of embedded Linux ensures manufacturers' ability to protect their products from sudden obsolescence or rapid, extremely costly changes."

Linux support will be available from Softier for the TMS320C64x™ and DM64x fixed-point DSPs, which are both based on TI's C6000™ platform and are targeted at wireless infrastructure, DSL and cable as well as imaging, audio and high-performance video applications. 

TI's C6000 DSP platform is the world's highest performance DSP platform, starting at $9.95 and going up to 720 MHz of performance. 

The rapidly expanding Linux support for modern peripheral buses such as USB, ATA and PCI ensures that the effort to maintain full connectivity to a rich set of peripherals is kept to a minimum.

Embedded Linux is an excellent complement to TI's own DSP/BIOS kernel," said Joseph Facca, C6000 tools manager, TI.  "We are encouraged to see the range of solutions available to DSP developers substantially expanded by the power of embedded Linux.  While the C6000 DSP platform offers unparalleled processing power and flexibility, embedded Linux enhances that performance with the application programming interfaces and device drivers of a system processor.

Softier's MediaLinux DSP Development Kit

Softier Inc. will provide a complete development environment for developers of MediaLinux-based devices, including an advanced integrated development environment that utilizes TI's highly optimized eXpressDSP™ tool chain, sophisticated debugging environment and a complete set of porting tools that ensure smooth transfer of existing projects to the new software/hardware paradigm.  Both MediaLinux and the MediaLinux DSP Development Kit (LDDK) will be available in the first quarter of 2004.

About the TI Developer Conference


The TI Developer Conference (TIDC), scheduled for February 18-20, 2004, will focus on learning through peer-to-peer, hands-on interaction with the latest technological advances in the high-performance analog and digital signal processing areas of video, imaging, control, telecom, audio and security.  It will also contain partner-specific sessions for university and third party attendees.  Online registration for the TI Developer Conference is now available, with an early registration discount of $500 off offered through January 16, 2004.  For more information on the conference, specific sessions or to register, please visit www.ti.com/tidc04mr.


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