RICHMOND, British Columbia, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Empower Technologies (Empower) is pleased to announce a new Digital Media Tablet (DMT) reference design platform using Empower's LEOs Digital Media Edition software development suite and Texas Instruments Incorporated's (TI) latest DaVinci(TM) processor for portable video and audio applications. This new DMT reference design is specifically targeted to developers, value added integrators and manufacturers innovating portable digital media devices for the automotive, RFID and consumer electronics industries. Each of these industries require high performance codec computation and control operation such as audio/video streaming/recording; high speed wireless communication such as WiFi, CDMA, and GPRS; and data processing such as data acquisition, analysis and control. TI's new DaVinci processor, the TMS320DM6441, consists of a dual-core architecture, including an ARM926EJ-S core and TI's high performance TMS320C64x+(TM) DSP core. Additionally, the device includes a video/imaging coprocessor (VICP) to offload many video and imaging processing tasks from the DSP core, making more DSP MIPS available for common video and imaging algorithms. For more information on the VICP enhanced codecs, such as H.264, MPEG4; and audio codecs, such as Dolby(R) Digital decoding, DTS decoding, voice/speech recognition and biometric authentication, please see www.ti.com/digitalmediasoftware. LEOs Digital Media Edition for DM6441 extends the Linux 2.6 kernel to provide customers with an integrated software development suite that is optimized for portable digital media devices based on the DM6441. The software package provides power management, a customizable embedded graphical user interface (GUI), xDM codec support, an integrated SQLite database, and a comprehensive suite of applications and sample programs that take advantage of the superior features of the DM6441 SoC. DMT is a reference design embedded platform that resembles an embedded solution Lego(TM) set that includes hardware and software building blocks. It features multimedia functionalities such as audio and video playback (decoding), GUI, SQL compatible database, and communication. Developers, value-added integrators and manufacturers will be able to morph DMT into any portable/mobile device or audio/video system, including mobile media players, stereo receivers, DVD players, flat panel TV/displays, handheld data terminals as well as headend units for machineries, incar or inflight infoprocessing/infotainment systems. With the DMT reference design, developers are armed with complete hardware and software necessary to reduce development risk, cost and time. LEOs Digital Media Edition for DM6441 software development suite provides developers with the ability to rapidly prototype and develop at a reduced cost. "The DMT reference design harnesses the high-quality video processing performance and power saving modes of TI's DM6441, further demonstrating Empower's commitment and attentiveness to the needs of video and consumer electronics developers," said Greg Mar, SoC platform marketing manager, TI. "Empower's LEOs Digital Media Edition for DM6441 allows developers to take advantage of the Linux 2.6 kernel to quickly prototype, differentiate and deliver cutting-edge portable digital media devices." "Empower's existing LDK591x customers are ready to embrace the next embedded CPU platform offered by TI's DaVinci technology. Empower is acutely in tune with the growing demand for multimedia/multifunction applications in a multicore, multiprocecessor, multithread programming environment, with ultra low power to squeeze more from the onboard or system power plant. DaVinci technology allows Empower to meet those customer demands. Empower's LEOs Digital Media Edition together with TI's DaVinci processor for portable video and audio technology will deliver that performance to the world of developers, value added integrators and manufacturers at the right cost and time-to-market second to none," said Mr. Paul Leung, President and CEO of Empower. Digital Media Tablet Reference Design from Empower will be available in the summer of 2007. About the Texas Instruments DSP Third Party Network Empower Technologies is a member of the TI DSP Third Party Network, a worldwide organization of independent companies that offer products and services supporting TI DSPs. TI third parties provide expertise across a variety of applications, including audio, control, telecommunications, video and imaging and wireless communications. Third party products and services include a broad range of application software, development hardware and software, and consulting services that support original equipment manufacturers' efforts to bring differentiated products to the market quickly. For more information about the TI DSP Third Party Network, please visit http://www.ti.com/3p. About Empower Technologies(TM) Founded in 2000, Empower Technologies is an innovative company that brings the power and flexibility of the LEOs(R) (LinuxDA Embedded Operating System) to the dynamic Consumer Electronics Industry and the emerging Intelligent Appliance Market, through their development of Linux-based operating software, embedded system technologies and solutions. The products and services that form the base of its business activities include an embedded system development platform for LEOs(R), based on Texas Instruments(TM) embedded CPU platform, that fulfill the needs and demands of developers and the Consumer Electronics Industry. Empower is continuing to develop LEOs(R) and newer versions of embedded CPU's in line with Texas Instruments(TM). By uniting top professionals from within the computer industry and developing quality partnerships and strategic alliances, Empower is committed to being the leading developer of Linux-based operating software and embedded system technologies and solutions for consumer electronics manufacturers and developers. Empower's brands are "LEOs(R)," "LinuxDA(TM)," Linux-based embedded operating systems and "PowerPlay(TM)," smart consumer electronics. The statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts are forward looking statements. Such statements are based on management's estimates, assumptions and projections using available information. The company cautions that actual financial results could differ materially from the current expectations due to a number of factors. 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