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Empower Technologies™ and Texas Instruments Streamline Consumer Electronic Development

Linux Kernel 2.6 and DSP/BIOS™ Link Support for OMAP5912 Dual-Core Processor Now Available in LDK5912 Development Kit

Jul 12, 2006

Richmond, British Columbia – July 12, 2006 - Simplifying the integration of Linux and DSP applications, Empower Technologies (Empower) and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) today announced the release of Empower's latest LinuxDA Embedded Operating System (LEOs 2.3) running Linux Kernel 2.6.12 along with TI's DSP/BIOS™ Link for TI's OMAP5912 dual-core digital signal processor (DSP) and ARM general purpose processor (GPP). For the first time the Linux Kernel 2.6.12 is available with the OMAP5912 and TI's latest software tools, such as DSP/BIOS™ Link, Code Composer Studio™ Integrated Development Environment and Reference Framework 6 (RF6) so developers can create consumer electronics products at reduced cost, risk and time-to-market.

Available in the LDK5912 Development Kit, LEOs for TI's OMAP5912 dual-core processor with Linux Kernel 2.6.12 is the latest Linux operating software released by Empower. A complete development solution, Empower's LDK5912 comes with a flexible hardware board based on TI’s OMAP5912 dual-core processor and solid software platform, making the kit ideal for applications that require high processing performance and long battery life in a feature rich, small package. Developers can use the LDK5912 to compile, download and test applications within minutes of set-up using the latest LEOs Linux kernel and TI's software tools offering.

The LDK5912 runs LEOs with Linux Kernel 2.6.12 and supports TI's latest DSP/BIOS Link version 1.3, DSP/BIOS real-time kernel and Code Composer Studio IDE for the OMAP5912. TI’s DSP/BIOS Link 1.3, which is only available with LEOs, offers a unified and seamless interprocessor software interface between the ARM and DSP, improving memory management and enabling developers to easily integrate applications with DSP algorithms and software. This further simplifies development, messaging and pool application program interfaces (APIs) on the ARM to mirror those in DSP/BIOS 5.20 on the DSP. These unified APIs result in extremely efficient programming and interprocessor communication.

“The easy integration enabled by LEOs 2.3 on the LDK5912 will allow developers to efficiently design consumer electronics applications that are feature rich and truly differentiated,” said Huy Pham, DSP SoC marketing manager, TI. “Empower continues to be a valuable member of the TI DSP Third Party Network and consistently delivers reliable, flexible solutions to customers.”

The LDK5912 also comes with five sample WAV applications that are fully compatible with TI's RF6 version 3.1. WAV, or WAVE, (Waveform audio format) is a Microsoft and IBM audio file format standard for storing audio on PCs. These applications demonstrate how easily LEOs and DSP/BIOS Link can interact with DSP codecs to leverage the processing performance of TI’s OMAP5912 dual-core processor. Additionally, documentation shows developers how to create and download DSP codecs for their own custom device applications using an available JTAG interface and Code Composer Studio IDE. The LDK5912 running LEOs offers the advantage of supporting multiple programs and algorithms that are optimized for TI’s TMS320C55x™ DSP generation. This robust functionality reduces software development time and empowers designers to create cutting edge products by taking full advantage of the performance of TI's OMAP5912 dual-core processor.

“We are very excited to be able to deliver an out-of-the box embedded Linux solution in LEOs 2.3 for consumer electronics developers and wireless device manufacturers. This latest accomplishment by Empower's engineering team is impressive and solid proof of our software strength," said Paul Leung, President and CEO of Empower Technologies.

LDK5912 Specifications

LEOs®2.3 for OMAP5912 consists of:

• Linux 2.6 Kernel (LDK5912)

• The following support is offered for LDK5912 :

o Drivers for the LDK5912 peripheral set

o Hardware power management

o TI DSP/BIOS Link Support

• LEOs Message Queue System with support for the LEOs proprietary GUI.

• Software development tools (including DSP/BIOS Link support)

• Software applications including:

o Productivity software such as Contacts, Calendar and Task Managers, Soft Keypad, Currency, Notes, Today, Unit and Handwriting Recognition

o System applications such as Clock, Math, Scientific and Financial Calculators, Touch Calibrate, Records Find, File Manager, Welcome Screen and SD Tool

o Multimedia applications such as Wave Player, Paint and Games: Blocks, Glines, Mine, Puzzle, Snake and Tic Tac Toe

LDK5912 Package Includes :

• LDK5912 Kit (containing the following modules):

o Interface Display Module (IDM) 3.5” TFT LCD display included

o LAN Expansion Module (LEM) Ethernet onboard

o Embedded Processor Module (EPM) OMAP5912 onboard

• Display Stand

• Universal AC/DC Power Adapter

• RJ45e Ethernet Cable

• Mini-A USB Host Cable

• Mini-B USB Client Cable

• Dual Serial DB9 Cable

• USB A to B Adapter

• Stylus (2 pcs.)

• 1800mAh Li-polymer Rechargeable Battery

• Metal Stand-Off and Screw (4 pcs.)

• Quick Start Guide

• End User License Agreement

• Registration Card


• LDK5912 Tools and Documentation CD

(containing the following):

o Documentation:

LDK5912 Quick Start Guide

LDK5912 Hardware Design Manual

LinuxDA Software Development Manual – Volume 1: SDK

LinuxDA Software Development Manual – Volume 2: API

LinuxDA Software Development Manual – Volume 3: DSP

LinuxDA Productivity Suite User Manual

o Tools:

Linux 2.6 Kernel (binary and source) and bootloader

LinuxDA Productivity Suite applications

LinuxDA SDK including LinuxDA and LinuxDA GUI Libraries

Development Toolchain

DSP Wav Player and Recorder demonstration programs

The LDK5912 is currently available for $1,800 USD at www.empowertechnologies.com.