Softier's MediaLinux Runs Natively on TI's High-Performance DSPs

12/19/2003 - Continuing to lead in the delivery of robust software development tools, Softier Inc. and Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN) announced the availability of a new software technology that allows Linux applications to run natively on TI's TMS320C64x digital signal processors (DSP) and TMS320DM64xTM fully software programmable digital media processors. Softier, a silver sponsor at the TI Developer Conference (Houston, February 18-20, 2004), will be demonstrating TI's DM642-based standalone board running MediaLinuxTM alongside real-time playback of D1-resolution disk-resident video file. For more information, please see:

Softier's MediaLinux software, built on the foundation of TI's DSP/BIOSTM kernel, brings new options to DSP system developers. By allowing developers to combine the richness of embedded Linux with the versatility of the high performance DSP, system developers can realize reductions in cost and power consumption as well as faster time to market with an entirely DSP-driven system. Software designers find that Linux makes the implementation of today's complex embedded devices practical and cost-efficient, as the bulk of the OS code continues to improve through open source contributions while they can concentrate on application code and integration.

"Softier identified the opportunity to combine the power of the emerging de-facto standard in embedded software with the best in class high-performance DSP and created a flexible, cost-effective engine for the next generation of video, imaging and wireless/telecom infrastructure applications," said Eatamar Drory, CTO, Softier Inc. "The continuous momentum behind the TMS320C6000TM platform and the wide industry support of embedded Linux ensures manufacturers' ability to protect their products from sudden obsolescence or rapid, extremely costly changes."

Linux support will be available from Softier for the TMS320C64xTM and DM64x fixed-point DSPs, which are both based on TI's C6000TM platform and are targeted at wireless infrastructure, DSL and cable as well as imaging, audio and high-performance video applications.

TI's C6000 DSP platform is the world's highest performance DSP platform, starting at $9.95 and going up to 720 MHz of performance.

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.

"Embedded Linux is an excellent complement to TI's own DSP/BIOS kernel," said Joseph Facca, C6000 tools manager, TI. "We are encouraged to see the range of solutions available to DSP developers substantially expanded by the power of embedded Linux. While the C6000 DSP platform offers unparalleled processing power and flexibility, embedded Linux enhances that performance with the application programming interfaces and device drivers of a system processor."

Softier's MediaLinux DSP Development Kit
Softier Inc. will provide a complete development environment for developers of MediaLinux-based devices, including an advanced integrated development environment that utilizes TI's highly optimized eXpressDSP tool chain, sophisticated debugging environment and a complete set of 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 the first quarter of 2004.

About the TI Developer Conference
The TI Developer Conference (TIDC), scheduled for February 18-20, 2004, will focus on learning through peer-to-peer, hands-on interaction with the latest technological advances in the high-performance analog and digital signal processing areas of video, imaging, control, telecom, audio and security. It will also contain partner-specific sessions for university and third party attendees. Online registration for the TI Developer Conference is now available, with an early registration discount of $500 off offered through January 16, 2004. For more information on the conference, specific sessions or to register, please visit

About Softier Inc.
Softier Inc. is a cutting-edge DSP and embedded software company providing Real-Time DSP Software and Linux Solutions through close cooperation with Texas Instruments, to companies engaging in the development and manufacturing of Embedded Digital Media Devices. Softier's solutions are based on a combination of real-time software for TIs advanced 32-bit 6x DSP family (especially the DM64xTM Media DSPs) and the emerging de-facto software standard, Embedded Linux. Founded in 2002, Softier is a privately held company based in the Silicon Valley. Softier’s web site address:

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analog technologies to meet our customers' real world signal processing requirements. In addition to Semiconductor, the company's businesses include Sensors & Controls, and Educational & Productivity Solutions. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design 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

TMS320DM64x, TMS320C64x, eXpressDSP and DM642 are trademarks of Texas Instruments. MediaLinux is a trademark of Softier Inc.

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