Texas Instruments and RidgeRun Deliver Linux System-Level DSPs Today For Embedded and Connected Applications

Developers of Real-Time Applications Reduce Time-to-Market With a Robust

Out-of-the-Box Linux Development Environment for System-Level DSPs



Dec 10, 2001, 00:00 ET from Texas Instruments Incorporated and RidgeRun, Inc.

    HOUSTON, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Extending a joint commitment to enable
 the rapid development of real-time applications, Texas Instruments
 Incorporated (NYSE:   TXN) (TI) and RidgeRun, Inc., today announced the
 immediate availability of an end-to-end embedded Linux(R) development suite
 for TI's new highly integrated, system-level digital signal processors (DSPs).
 The combination of the RidgeRun DSPLinux(TM) operating system and Board
 Support Package (BSP) with TI's power-efficient, programmable DSPs will reduce
 cost, power consumption and board space by 40 percent for designers of real-
 time embedded applications.  (www.dspvillage.ti.com/c547xa )
     The inclusive out-of-the-box solution allows developers of applications
 ranging from wireless data, smart pen pads, voice recognition, text-to-speech,
 access point controllers, network security, industrial control and emergency
 radio to take advantage of the flexibility and connectivity of DSPLinux.  The
 solution also provides an easy way to access real-time algorithms running on
 the code-compatible TI DSPs from the Linux kernel.
     "Embedded Linux is rapidly becoming the operating system of choice for the
 majority of new embedded electronic systems, replacing proprietary
 'home-grown' operating systems as a way to ensure true open-source
 flexibility," said Dennis Barrett, Texas Instruments' DSP product marketing
 manager.  "Likewise, more and more developers are migrating to the truly
 robust DSPLinux BSP."
     RidgeRun's extensive embedded Linux development tools include command-line
 build tools that support TI's TMS320C54x(TM) DSPs as well as the ARM7, a Linux
 JTAG-based GDB debugger, and a Linux kernel with DSP/BIOS bridge support for
 C54x(TM) DSP targets.  Designers can also employ over 1,000 existing operating
 system middleware software packages, communications stacks, and other
 applications available today for the ARM7.  This level of development support
 and intellectual property, along with the immediate availability of the C5470
 and C5471 DSPs, provides critical resources necessary to create new products
 for a broad array of applications that can exploit the advantages that
 system-level integration provides.
     "OEMS developing network-connected applications have demanded a one-source
 hardware and software solution to reduce system size, power consumption and
 cost while meeting the ever-increasing demands of anytime-anywhere consumers
 and decreasing time-to-market windows," said RidgeRun CEO Rudy Prince.
 "Combining the completeness of RidgeRun's DSPLinux BSP with TI's programmable
 system-level DSPs which are in production today, reduces debug time, and
 accelerates time-to-market."
     The two DSPs combine the world's most popular programmable DSP with the
 ARM7 Thumb RISC processor along with support for one of the most requested
 embedded operating systems on the market today.  This combination delivers
 native DSP-enabled performance to low cost RISC-based systems eliminating the
 need for designers to move to a more expensive RISC architecture.  The
 heterogeneous dual-core architecture of TI's system-level DSPs allow optimized
 task partitioning for increased system performance using the right processor
 for the right task.
 
     Availability
     The C5470 and C5471 DSPs are available today in production quantities.
 The C5471 EVM and DSPLinux bundle, as well as the C5470 EVM and separately
 purchased DSPLinux BSP are available now for ordering, with shipments
 beginning in January 2002.
 
      C5471 Development Bundle
          C5471 Evaluation Module (EVM) from Spectrum Digital
          Bundled with DSPLinux BSP
          Available now.
          Price - $8999
          Order now: www.spectrumdigital.com
 
      Board Support Packages (BSP) for C5470 EVM
          DSPLinux available from RidgeRun
          Linux OS, drivers, utilities, GNU ARM + C54x Linux tools
          Available now.
          Price - $7499
          Order now: www.ridgerun.com , sales@ridgerun.com or 208-331.2226
 
      C5470 DSP
          Price - $15.50  (10,000-unit quantities)
          Available now.
          Order now: http://www.dspvillage.ti.com/c5470b
 
      C5471 DSP
          Price - $17.57  (10,000-unit quantities)
          Available now.
          Order now: http://www.dspvillage.ti.com/c5471b
 
     About TI
     Texas Instruments Incorporated is the world leader in digital signal
 processing and analog technologies, the semiconductor engines of the Internet
 age.  The company's businesses also include sensors and controls, and
 educational and productivity solutions.  TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas,
 and has manufacturing or sales operations in more than 25 countries.  Texas
 Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN.
 More information is located on the World Wide Web at:  http://www.ti.com .
 
     About RidgeRun, Inc.
     RidgeRun is exclusively focused on bringing the reliability and
 flexibility of Linux to embedded Internet appliances based on DSPs (digital
 signal processors).  RidgeRun's DSPLinux(TM) is an operating system that
 leverages the power of Texas Instruments' dual-core DSP architectures to
 deliver the performance-leading platform for wireless, broadband and
 multimedia appliances using DSPs.  These include mobile phones, digital
 cameras, audio and video players, automotive systems, set-top boxes, home
 networking gateways, and PDAs.  The RidgeRun team has extensive experience in
 developing world-class embedded systems, fault-tolerant software and high
 performance Linux solutions.  RidgeRun can be reached at www.ridgerun.com or
 by e-mail to info@ridgerun.com .
 
     TRADEMARKS
     RidgeRun and DSPLinux are trademarks of RidgeRun, Inc.
     Linux is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in many countries.  It
 is used by RidgeRun under license.
     All other products and trademarks mentioned herein are the property of
 their respective owners.
 
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SOURCE Texas Instruments Incorporated and RidgeRun, Inc.
    HOUSTON, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Extending a joint commitment to enable
 the rapid development of real-time applications, Texas Instruments
 Incorporated (NYSE:   TXN) (TI) and RidgeRun, Inc., today announced the
 immediate availability of an end-to-end embedded Linux(R) development suite
 for TI's new highly integrated, system-level digital signal processors (DSPs).
 The combination of the RidgeRun DSPLinux(TM) operating system and Board
 Support Package (BSP) with TI's power-efficient, programmable DSPs will reduce
 cost, power consumption and board space by 40 percent for designers of real-
 time embedded applications.  (www.dspvillage.ti.com/c547xa )
     The inclusive out-of-the-box solution allows developers of applications
 ranging from wireless data, smart pen pads, voice recognition, text-to-speech,
 access point controllers, network security, industrial control and emergency
 radio to take advantage of the flexibility and connectivity of DSPLinux.  The
 solution also provides an easy way to access real-time algorithms running on
 the code-compatible TI DSPs from the Linux kernel.
     "Embedded Linux is rapidly becoming the operating system of choice for the
 majority of new embedded electronic systems, replacing proprietary
 'home-grown' operating systems as a way to ensure true open-source
 flexibility," said Dennis Barrett, Texas Instruments' DSP product marketing
 manager.  "Likewise, more and more developers are migrating to the truly
 robust DSPLinux BSP."
     RidgeRun's extensive embedded Linux development tools include command-line
 build tools that support TI's TMS320C54x(TM) DSPs as well as the ARM7, a Linux
 JTAG-based GDB debugger, and a Linux kernel with DSP/BIOS bridge support for
 C54x(TM) DSP targets.  Designers can also employ over 1,000 existing operating
 system middleware software packages, communications stacks, and other
 applications available today for the ARM7.  This level of development support
 and intellectual property, along with the immediate availability of the C5470
 and C5471 DSPs, provides critical resources necessary to create new products
 for a broad array of applications that can exploit the advantages that
 system-level integration provides.
     "OEMS developing network-connected applications have demanded a one-source
 hardware and software solution to reduce system size, power consumption and
 cost while meeting the ever-increasing demands of anytime-anywhere consumers
 and decreasing time-to-market windows," said RidgeRun CEO Rudy Prince.
 "Combining the completeness of RidgeRun's DSPLinux BSP with TI's programmable
 system-level DSPs which are in production today, reduces debug time, and
 accelerates time-to-market."
     The two DSPs combine the world's most popular programmable DSP with the
 ARM7 Thumb RISC processor along with support for one of the most requested
 embedded operating systems on the market today.  This combination delivers
 native DSP-enabled performance to low cost RISC-based systems eliminating the
 need for designers to move to a more expensive RISC architecture.  The
 heterogeneous dual-core architecture of TI's system-level DSPs allow optimized
 task partitioning for increased system performance using the right processor
 for the right task.
 
     Availability
     The C5470 and C5471 DSPs are available today in production quantities.
 The C5471 EVM and DSPLinux bundle, as well as the C5470 EVM and separately
 purchased DSPLinux BSP are available now for ordering, with shipments
 beginning in January 2002.
 
      C5471 Development Bundle
          C5471 Evaluation Module (EVM) from Spectrum Digital
          Bundled with DSPLinux BSP
          Available now.
          Price - $8999
          Order now: www.spectrumdigital.com
 
      Board Support Packages (BSP) for C5470 EVM
          DSPLinux available from RidgeRun
          Linux OS, drivers, utilities, GNU ARM + C54x Linux tools
          Available now.
          Price - $7499
          Order now: www.ridgerun.com , sales@ridgerun.com or 208-331.2226
 
      C5470 DSP
          Price - $15.50  (10,000-unit quantities)
          Available now.
          Order now: http://www.dspvillage.ti.com/c5470b
 
      C5471 DSP
          Price - $17.57  (10,000-unit quantities)
          Available now.
          Order now: http://www.dspvillage.ti.com/c5471b
 
     About TI
     Texas Instruments Incorporated is the world leader in digital signal
 processing and analog technologies, the semiconductor engines of the Internet
 age.  The company's businesses also include sensors and controls, and
 educational and productivity solutions.  TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas,
 and has manufacturing or sales operations in more than 25 countries.  Texas
 Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN.
 More information is located on the World Wide Web at:  http://www.ti.com .
 
     About RidgeRun, Inc.
     RidgeRun is exclusively focused on bringing the reliability and
 flexibility of Linux to embedded Internet appliances based on DSPs (digital
 signal processors).  RidgeRun's DSPLinux(TM) is an operating system that
 leverages the power of Texas Instruments' dual-core DSP architectures to
 deliver the performance-leading platform for wireless, broadband and
 multimedia appliances using DSPs.  These include mobile phones, digital
 cameras, audio and video players, automotive systems, set-top boxes, home
 networking gateways, and PDAs.  The RidgeRun team has extensive experience in
 developing world-class embedded systems, fault-tolerant software and high
 performance Linux solutions.  RidgeRun can be reached at www.ridgerun.com or
 by e-mail to info@ridgerun.com .
 
     TRADEMARKS
     RidgeRun and DSPLinux are trademarks of RidgeRun, Inc.
     Linux is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in many countries.  It
 is used by RidgeRun under license.
     All other products and trademarks mentioned herein are the property of
 their respective owners.
 
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