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TI Introduces New Develpment kit for OMAP Wireless Processors
Posted: 21-Apr-2002 [Source: TI press release]

[TI announces new Innovator Development Kit for OMAP processing platform to support developers creating applications for all popular operating systems.]

Dallas -- Wireless software developers and device manufacturers will be able to create and showcase innovative applications on a sleek, versatile development kit from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI). The new Innovator(TM) Development Kit for OMAP processing platform will allow wireless software developers to easily port high-performance applications to TI's widely adopted family of OMAP application processors, and reduces time to market for device manufacturers to deliver 2.5G and 3G mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and mobile Internet devices. Symbian OS is one of the first operating systems to be supported, extending the Innovator kit's capabilities to software developers and mobile phone manufactures developing on Symbian OS.

"With the Innovator Development Kit for the OMAP platform, TI will help wireless application developers, manufacturers and operators quickly develop wireless communications-centric applications and services that provide new dimensions to users' mobile experiences," said David Potts, worldwide director of applications for TI's OMAP platform. "TI will work with Symbian to offer the Innovator kit to its application developers to continue support for TI's OMAP platform as the ideal solution for software developers and device manufacturers to deliver innovative applications for 2.5G and 3G mobile devices."

"Symbian and TI have been working closely together to ensure that the Innovator Development Kit for the OMAP platform is one of the best development and demonstration platforms today for Symbian OS developers, enabling them to create rich multimedia, gaming, secure mobile commerce, enterprise applications and more on mobile phones," said Mark Edwards, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing Symbian. "The new kit is the first development platform with a 'click-wrap licensing agreement,' which will provide the Symbian developer community with quick and easy access to Symbian OS."

Designed to support developers creating applications for all popular operating systems, such as Symbian OS, Linux, Microsoft Windows CE and Palm OS, and major programming environments such as Java, TI's Innovator Development Kit for the OMAP platform is a flexible development and demonstration platform, which will support all leading wireless standards.

TI's Innovator Development Kit for the OMAP platform will provide application developers with an open software development and demonstration environment using a modular hardware approach. The interface module, which will include a number of unique interface features, can be customized depending on a wireless device manufacturer's or OS provider's specifications for different device form factors. Optional expansion modules will include support for GSM/GPRS, 802.11b and Bluetooth. An available breakout board will include additional external peripherals and a 10Mb Ethernet connection. The Innovator kit's baseboard will give application developers the ability to easily call on the enhanced media processing capabilities in TI's powerful digital signal processing (DSP) core in the OMAP 1510 processor, using familiar, existing high-level OS development tools.

Availability

TI's Innovator Development Kit for the OMAP platform is scheduled to be available to software developers in the third quarter of 2002. To obtain more details, sign up to reserve a kit, or view photos of the Innovator Development Kit, please visit www.ti.com/sc/rd/innovator.

Innovator Development Kits for the OMAP platform will be sold and supported by Productivity Systems Incorporated (PSI), an Independent OMAP Technology Center.

TI's family of OMAP application processors and wireless modems delivers voice and multimedia enhanced applications for 2.5G and 3G mobile phones, PDAs and advanced mobile Internet devices. Based on more than ten years of wireless system expertise, OMAP processors deliver unparalleled processing performance and battery life so that consumers can enjoy a wide range of compelling wireless products and services such as multimedia messaging, streaming media, secure m-commerce, location-based services and interactive gaming in a sleek wireless PDA or phone. Developers who create applications on TI's OMAP processors will benefit from access to today's leading 2.5G and 3G wireless device manufacturers who are using OMAP processors including Nokia, Ericsson, Sony, NEC, LG Electronics, Matsushita, Fujitsu, Palm, Hewlett Packard, HTC, Sendo and many others.

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