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[News] Texas Instruments Foresees Promising Future for Libre Hardware

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Take advantage of open-source hardware

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| Open-source hardware is about sharing work with others for everyoneâs 
| benefit. It is acceptable if you never meant for the product to be open. You 
| need not make your changes available to the community. In the spirit of 
| open-source hardware, however, itâs beneficial for all parties to provide 
| upgrades and additions to the community whenever possible so that the next 
| user can add other enhancements. When you add a function to hardware, it 
| affects the software, which adds a reason to enhance and improve the overall 
| performance of the software to take advantage of the new feature. As 
| developers design products based on this design, another community member has 
| perhaps added the function with the already-completed software work to help 
| make it a better product.          
| In the future, more companies will offer varying levels of open-source 
| hardware to their customers and the community at large, creating an 
| environment in which developers spend most of their efforts on improving 
| rather than re-creating the design. The community can benefit from this 
| common goal, so keep your eyes open for the next entrant in the world of 
| open-source hardware.     


Hardware Hackers Create a Modular Motherboard

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| Huynh and his team are no strangers to experimenting with new ideas. Earlier 
| this year, Huynh and his partner Matt Stack created the Open Source Hardware 
| Bank, a peer-to-peer borrowing and lending club that funds open source 
| hardware projects. Stack first started working on the X Machina idea about 10 
| months ago.    



RISC/DSP SoCs ship with Linux tools

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| Texas Instruments (TI) says it is now shipping all four of its OMAP35xx
| system-on-chips (SoCs), and it announced a Linux-based Digital Video Software
| Development Kit (DVSDK) to go with them.


Triple-core DSP runs Linux

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| Texas Instruments (TI) announced a triple-core digital signal processor (DSP)
| that can run paravirtualized Linux using VirtualLogix's VLX virtualization
| software


TI and Neuros team up to build open-source media platform

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| The Linux-based operating system and software stack will be called the Open
| Internet Television HDPlatform and will be developed around TI's TMS320DM644x
| DSP system-on-a-chip line, codenamed DaVinci. Neuros says that additional
| details about the software will be available soon and the individual bounties
| will be announced iteratively over the next six months. Â Â


TI Joins LiMo Foundationâ

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| LiMo Foundation and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN),
| announced today the important addition of TI as the Foundationâs newest Core Â
| member.


TI targets Linux and open source with new OMAP chips

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| Texas Instruments is seeking open source developers with its new line of
| OMAP35x chips, with enhanced support for Linux in mobile and embedded
| applications. Â
| Kevin Hawkins, marketing manager for OMAP application processors, said âOpen
| source isnât new to TI. We are being more vocal about it now, more active.â



BenQ to launch Linux ultramobile device in Q2

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| BenQ's MID sports a Linux operating system, but the company tweaked the user
| interface to work more closely with its functions.


Chip vendor invests in virtualization company

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| Texas Instruments (TI) has made an undisclosed equity investment in
| virtualization software company VirtualLogix. The companies have agreed to
| collaborate on future Linux-based virtualization technology using TI
| processors, with an apparent focus on wireless applications and network
| access devices.


RISC/DSP chip comes with Linux, targets HD video

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| Texas Instruments (TI) announced a new DaVinci family chip claimed capable of
| transcoding high-definition video at line rates. The TMS320DM6467
| system-on-chip (SoC) weds a 297MHz ARM9 core with a 600MHz C64+ DSP, and is
| available with a development board and software stack based on MontaVista
| Linux.


TI frees its DSP toolchain for open source apps

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| Texas Instruments (TI) is offering open source developers free use of its
| closed-source toolchain for DSPs (digital signal processors) found in several
| popular TI OMAP and DM-series RISC/DSP chips.


DaVinci processors gain Linux SDIO stack

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| EmbWise has ported its Linux SDIO stack to a video-oriented Texas
| Instruments (TI) system-on-chip (SoC) processor and development board.
| SDIOWorx is now available on royalty-free terms for TI's daVinci DM6446
| processor and TI Japan's DM350 reference design, according to the
| company.


Wind River, TI team on Linux phone design

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| Wind River has joined the Texas Instruments (TI) third-party
| ecosystem, and will collaborate with TI's Dallas-based mobile
| handset division on advanced Linux and hardware/software tools
| support for TI's ARM11-based OMAP2430 smartphone processor. The
| partnership could also produce a Linux-based mobile phone
| reference design, according to Wind River.


Linux First? (at Texas Instruments)

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| Texas Instruments (TI) had one operating system at the top if its list
| when it put together support for DaVinci, its latest dual-core ARM/DSP
| OMAP line--MontaVista's Linux. In fact, TI took this support a step
| further by eliminating the need for many developers to program the DSP
| directly using tools such as TI's Code Composer Studio. Instead,
| ARM-based Linux-device drivers implement features such as codecs and
| filters by loading the matching DSP code on the second processor core
| and setting up a link between it and the ARM core.


Empower Technologies and Texas Instruments Release New Version of Linux OS

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| Empower Technologies and Texas Instruments have together released the
| latest version of Empower's LinuxDA Embedded Operating System (LEOs 2.3)
| running Linux Kernel 2.6.12


Digital video dev kits include embedded Linux

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| Texas Instruments will license and support MontaVista Linux directly, as
| part of a digital video development kit supporting its DaVinci RISC/DSP
| processors. TI's DaVinci Technology Development Kit (TDK) for digital
| video applications will also include software integration and system
| visualization technology, and is expected to ship in Q3. It targets
| IP-set top boxes, video phones, video security systems, and other
| advanced digital video applications.


Real-time Linux is way ahead for TI and Wind River

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| To this end, Texas Instruments is shipping VirtualLogix Linux at no
| cost and royalty free as part of its TMS320DM6437 DaVinci digital
| video development platform.

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