TI Extends High-Level Operating System Expertise With Linux(R) Support On OMAP(TM) Wireless Platform

RidgeRun Selected as First Company to Enable Linux on TI's OMAP Platform



Oct 09, 2001, 01:00 ET from Texas Instruments Incorporated

    DALLAS, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Addressing the changing market dynamics of
 applications developers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Texas
 Instruments Incorporated (NYSE:   TXN) (TI) today announced that its OMAP(TM)
 wireless architecture will support the Linux(R) operating system.  This effort
 extends the reach of the OMAP platform into the open source community to
 deliver embedded solutions for 2.5 and 3G mobile devices.
 (See: www.ti.com/sc/omap )
     "Linux's reliability, flexibility and ease of use combined with TI's
 highly advanced OMAP architecture will be an attractive solution for
 developers creating applications for mobile Internet devices," said Paul Werp,
 TI's OMAP platform marketing manager.  "This extends our commitment to support
 high-level operating systems, enabling developers to design applications on a
 platform they are familiar with today."
     Linux developers can now program applications in a familiar Linux
 environment with quick porting to the OMAP architecture, which allows seamless
 access to the low power and high performance of TI's market-leading digital
 signals processors (DSPs).  Developers creating multimedia applications,
 including digital audio, streaming media, speech recognition and m-commerce,
 will benefit from the real-time functionality of TI's DSPs, which provide an
 unsurpassed combination of performance and low power consumption, particularly
 for higher end applications.  In addition, the OMAP DSP/BIOS Bridge provides
 standard application programming interfaces (APIs) that give wireless
 application developers quick and easy access to DSP multimedia algorithms.
     Linux developers also will benefit from fast upstart, with TI's robust
 silicon design environment and Linux operating systems such as RidgeRun's
 DSPLinux(TM).  TI has selected RidgeRun, the software developer of the
 DSPLinux operating system, to provide direct customer support of the Linux
 operating system with specific enhancements to take advantage of the OMAP
 platform's real-time multimedia capabilities.
     DSPLinux offers a comprehensive development environment, which includes an
 optimized Linux kernel, reference product implementations, appliance
 simulators, and GNUbased ARM tools.
     "TI's expertise in DSPs and wireless technology coupled with RidgeRun's
 DSPLinux solution will enable our customers to bring their mobile devices to
 market quickly," said Pat Sewall, president of RidgeRun.  "RidgeRun supports
 the OMAP platform and offers DSPLinux for smart phone and wireless PDA
 devices."
     TI's family of OMAP processors delivers the performance and power
 efficiency manufacturers require for next generation real-time communications-
 based appliances.  TI's leading OMAP platform technology enables as much as
 four times the system performance of competing solutions and consumes as
 little as one-fourth the power.
     The OMAP architecture has become the de facto standard for 2.5 and 3G
 wireless devices.  Leading OEMs including Nokia, Ericsson, Sony, Sendo, HTC
 and several others have selected the OMAP platform for their next generation
 wireless handsets and advanced mobile Internet devices.  A broad range of
 leading software developers are currently creating wireless applications for
 next-generation mobile devices on the OMAP platform and belong to TI's OMAP
 Developers Network, a comprehensive group of independent software vendors
 writing 2.5 and 3G applications for leading high-level operating systems.
 
     About Texas Instruments
     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 .
     RidgeRun can be reached at www.ridgerun.com or by e-mail to
 info@ridgerun.com.
 
     Trademarks
     OMAP is a trademark of Texas Instruments Incorporated.
     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.
 
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SOURCE Texas Instruments Incorporated
    DALLAS, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Addressing the changing market dynamics of
 applications developers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Texas
 Instruments Incorporated (NYSE:   TXN) (TI) today announced that its OMAP(TM)
 wireless architecture will support the Linux(R) operating system.  This effort
 extends the reach of the OMAP platform into the open source community to
 deliver embedded solutions for 2.5 and 3G mobile devices.
 (See: www.ti.com/sc/omap )
     "Linux's reliability, flexibility and ease of use combined with TI's
 highly advanced OMAP architecture will be an attractive solution for
 developers creating applications for mobile Internet devices," said Paul Werp,
 TI's OMAP platform marketing manager.  "This extends our commitment to support
 high-level operating systems, enabling developers to design applications on a
 platform they are familiar with today."
     Linux developers can now program applications in a familiar Linux
 environment with quick porting to the OMAP architecture, which allows seamless
 access to the low power and high performance of TI's market-leading digital
 signals processors (DSPs).  Developers creating multimedia applications,
 including digital audio, streaming media, speech recognition and m-commerce,
 will benefit from the real-time functionality of TI's DSPs, which provide an
 unsurpassed combination of performance and low power consumption, particularly
 for higher end applications.  In addition, the OMAP DSP/BIOS Bridge provides
 standard application programming interfaces (APIs) that give wireless
 application developers quick and easy access to DSP multimedia algorithms.
     Linux developers also will benefit from fast upstart, with TI's robust
 silicon design environment and Linux operating systems such as RidgeRun's
 DSPLinux(TM).  TI has selected RidgeRun, the software developer of the
 DSPLinux operating system, to provide direct customer support of the Linux
 operating system with specific enhancements to take advantage of the OMAP
 platform's real-time multimedia capabilities.
     DSPLinux offers a comprehensive development environment, which includes an
 optimized Linux kernel, reference product implementations, appliance
 simulators, and GNUbased ARM tools.
     "TI's expertise in DSPs and wireless technology coupled with RidgeRun's
 DSPLinux solution will enable our customers to bring their mobile devices to
 market quickly," said Pat Sewall, president of RidgeRun.  "RidgeRun supports
 the OMAP platform and offers DSPLinux for smart phone and wireless PDA
 devices."
     TI's family of OMAP processors delivers the performance and power
 efficiency manufacturers require for next generation real-time communications-
 based appliances.  TI's leading OMAP platform technology enables as much as
 four times the system performance of competing solutions and consumes as
 little as one-fourth the power.
     The OMAP architecture has become the de facto standard for 2.5 and 3G
 wireless devices.  Leading OEMs including Nokia, Ericsson, Sony, Sendo, HTC
 and several others have selected the OMAP platform for their next generation
 wireless handsets and advanced mobile Internet devices.  A broad range of
 leading software developers are currently creating wireless applications for
 next-generation mobile devices on the OMAP platform and belong to TI's OMAP
 Developers Network, a comprehensive group of independent software vendors
 writing 2.5 and 3G applications for leading high-level operating systems.
 
     About Texas Instruments
     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 .
     RidgeRun can be reached at www.ridgerun.com or by e-mail to
 info@ridgerun.com.
 
     Trademarks
     OMAP is a trademark of Texas Instruments Incorporated.
     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.
 
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