Softier Demonstrates MediaLinux for TI's DM64x Digital Media Processors

11/7/2003 - Continuing the momentum of the TMS320DM64x as the premier media engine for today´s streaming media consumer devices, Softier Inc. and Texas Instruments (NYSE - TXN) announced that they will be presenting demonstrations of a new software technology that allows Linux applications to run natively on TI´s TMS320C64xTM-based digital media processors. During the TI Developer Conference in Europe (Prague, Paris, Munich and Birmingham, Nov 11-20) TI´s DM642-based standalone board will be demonstrated running MediaLinuxTM, Softier´s standard Linux kernel for TI DSPs alongside real-time playback of D1-resolution disk-resident video file. The demonstration takes advantage of MediaLinux rich set of file systems, Open Source-based ATA133 device drivers and the ability to run expressDSPTM-compliant algorithms by a MediaLinux application.

Softier's MediaLinux solution brings new options to DSP system design, allowing rapid introduction of media devices that are fully DSP-driven. By allowing developers to combine the richness of embedded Linux with the versatility of the DSP as a media processor, system developers can realize reductions in cost and power consumption as well as faster time to market with an entirely DSP-driven system.

"We are encouraged to see the range of solutions available to DSP developers substantially expanded by the power of Embedded Linux," said Jean-Marc Charpentier, European DSP business development manager, TI. "The DM64x generation of DSPs offers unparalleled media processing power and flexibility, while maintaining system cost at minimum due to a rich set of on-board peripherals. Embedded Linux complements that power with the application programming interfaces and device drivers of a system processor."

"We at Softier identified the opportunity to combine the power of the emerging de-facto standard in embedded software with the best in class performance generation of DSP and created a flexible, cost-effective engine for the next generation of consumer media devices," said Eatamar Drory, CTO, Softier Inc. "The continuous momentum behind the DM64x generation and the wide industry support of embedded Linux ensures manufacturers' ability to protect their products from sudden obsolescence or rapid, extremely costly changes."

With a range of price-points and performance specifications, the DM64x generation as standalone system processors ensure superior price/performance for device manufacturers. The rapidly expanding Linux support for modern peripheral buses such as USB, ATA and PCI ensures that the effort to maintain full connectivity to a rich set of peripherals is kept to a minimum.

Softier MediaLinux DSP Development Kit
Softier Inc. provides a complete Linux-based development environment for developers of MediaLinux-based devices, including industry-first integration of advanced IDE (Integrated Development Environment) from SlickEdit with TI´s highly optimal tool chain, sophisticated debugging environment based on GDB, Linux standard debugging tool, and a complete set of simulation and porting tools that ensure smooth transfer of existing projects to the new software/hardware paradigm. Both MediaLinux and the MediaLinux DSP Development Kit (LDDK) will be available in Q1 2004.

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