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Empower, TI partner on OMAP5910 processor development kit

Posted: 15 Aug 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:empower technologies? texas instruments? ti? linuxda? omap5910?

Delivering a one-stop Linux-based development platform to consumer electronics designers, Empower Technologies and Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced the LinuxDA for OMAP5910 Development Kit (LDK5910), running LinuxDA Embedded O/S (LEOs) by Empower.

Optimized for TI's OMAP5910 dual-core DSP and ARM CPU, the LDK5910 leverages the versatility of LEOs and the performance of TI's OMAP processor to serve as a powerful reference design that significantly reduces product development time, cost and risk, said the press release.

The two companies added that the LDK5910 is the only OMAP5910 processor development kit to offer embedded system developers and consumer electronic designers a one-stop shop solution. The platform comes complete with a hardware development board based on TI's OMAP5910 processor, LEOs OS software as well as a software development kit. Meanwhile, the software bundle includes a complete LEOs OS software development environment that is comprised of a graphical user interface, database, device driver and TI's DSP/BIOS Link designed specifically for the OMAP platform.

Empower and TI explained that product development teams will use the LDK5910 as the spring board for both the hardware product design and software development while taking full advantage of the performance of the OMAP processor. The device allows for applications that require high-performance, real-time signal processing with low-power consumption, including intelligent and portable multimedia devices. Within minutes after setting up the LDK5910, developers can compile, download and test applications. Designers also have the option to later alter the LDK5910 hardware design while developing LEOs-based applications and/or using off-the-shelf DSP algorithms.

"By leveraging the performance of TI's OMAP5910 processor and the flexibility of LEOs, the LDK5910 proves to be a simple, scalable and versatile development platform ideal for consumer electronics developers," commented Greg Mar, DSP systems-on-chip platform manager at TI.

The LDK5910 supports optimized digital signal processing audio/video algorithms as well as RISC-based Linux applications to best suit the needs of developers, manufacturers and consumers. One of the key benefits of the LDK5910 is its ability to support a variety of optimized DSP algorithms, added the two companies. Video codecs are readily available with the LDK5910 along with examples that demonstrate LEOs applications interacting with these codecs using TI's DSP/BIOS Link technology. Customers can also develop and download their own codecs using an available JTAG interface and the TI Code Composer Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

"The combined power of LEOs and the OMAP5910 processor is impressively showcased by LDK5910. Now, developers have the tools to miniaturize and develop smarter and faster software programs that can take advantage of the OMAP dual-core processor architecture. The software can now pack more functions into a very small body, while battery use is kept to a minimum," shared Alex Romanov, VP of Sales and Marketing at Empower.

The LDK5910 is available for $900 from Empower's online store.

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