Monday, December 07, 2015

Single software platform unifies more than 150 TI processors

Enabling developers to quickly create differentiated products using a single software platform, Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today announced its Processor software development kit (SDK). The Processor SDK scales across TI's latest Sitara™ processors and digital signal processor (DSP) families, allowing customers to use TI's processor family across diverse sets of end products and offering simplified migration from one device to the next. An intuitive development environment with common graphical navigation, tools and utilities across devices makes it easier for developers to find reference software, tools, documentation and training. Developers can tailor their solution to each unique application with a structured software architecture featuring industry-standard application programming interfaces (APIs), common drivers and frameworks with or without a high-level operating system (OS).

The Processor SDK is built on the foundation of a mainline long-term stable (LTS) Linux® kernel, U-Boot, Yocto Project™-compatible file system and Linaro™ tool chain to supply a robust foundation for faster development optimized for embedded applications. TI has long been an industry leader in supporting Linux and is a top contributor to the Linux kernel. This support of the mainline Linux kernel ensures the availability of the latest, stable features and bug fixes to TI  processors while maintaining compatibility with prior releases.

The Processor SDK also includes application libraries and examples which quickly enable system development using industry standard APIs and frameworks.  For example, support for Khronos OpenCL™ enables easy distribution of tasks to different cores in heterogeneous processors without requiring in-depth knowledge of the different cores.

When a high-level OS isn't necessary, the new Processor SDK also supports TI-RTOS for optimum real-time performance with an efficient open-source kernel deployed in a wide range of embedded applications for more than 20 years. Component driver libraries provide direct access to peripheral and memory interfaces on silicon for performance tuning and system analysis with or without an operating system.

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