TI Announces OMAP Development Platform
Texas Instruments has announced that it will release the Innovator Development Kit for its OMAP processor platform in the third quarter of this year. It will help developers create wireless apps that will run on handhelds that are powered by TI's OMAP processors. This includes the handhelds Palm Inc. will start releasing near the end of this summer, which run Palm OS 5.
TI's OMAP processors support high-performance and low power consumption -- essential features for any mobile device. Through the Palm OS Ready Program, TI is optimizing the OMAP wireless platform for the Palm OS.
TI's development kit will provide developers with an open software development environment using a modular hardware approach. The interface module can be customized for different device form factors. Optional expansion modules will include support for GSM/GPRS, 802.11b, and Bluetooth.
"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.
Naturally, this won't be the only tool for developers to write apps for Palm's OS 5 devices but it will probably be the best one for those who want to write applications that make the most of the OMAP processor.
Innovator Development Kits for the OMAP platform will be sold and supported by Productivity Systems Inc., an Independent OMAP Technology Center. Pricing is not yet available.
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