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Empower Technologies Joins the Texas Instruments Third Party Network

LinuxDA™ developer enables complete solution by combining advanced Linux-embedded development platform with Texas Instruments' OMAP5910 dual-core processor

Richmond, British Columbia – December 13, 2004 – Driving a new level of performance and affordability for intelligent consumer electronics solutions and specialized portable data terminal (PDT) needs, Empower Technologies™ ("Empower") announced today that it has joined the Texas Instruments ("TI") DSP third party network, the most extensive collection of DSP development support in the industry.

Empower developed the LinuxDA Embedded™ O/S (LEOs™) configured for the OMAP5910 dual-core processor, which joins TI’s programmable and power-efficient TMS320C55x™ Digital Signal Processor (DSP) with an ARM 925 using TI's DSPLink™ device. This will enable developers to simplify and accelerate the design process by making use of eXpressDSP-compliant programming and dual processing.

The advantage of TI OMAP5910 architecture is the dual processor capability which allows concurrent processes and real-time multi-tasking. The developer can also benefit by being able to work with only one vendor to have the embedded Linux operating software, the Empower engineered TI OMAP5910 development boards and the eXpressDSP-compliant DSP CODEC.

"Joining the TI DSP third party network is one of the most significant milestones in Empower’s drive for success. This will expand the reach of our LEOs™ and TMS320C55x DSP CODEC to a TI DSP-centric audience, which we would never have been able to do on our own," said Paul Leung, chairman and CEO of Empower Technologies™.

TI's OMAP5910 dual processor powered by Empower's LEOs™ is geared to the PDT market, which requires real-time data and multimedia capabilities. It is ideal for applications requiring high-performance signal processing at low power consumption. Products within this space include devices for industrial, portable medical, point-of-sale (POS), asset inventory and enterprise applications.

"Empower is integrating embedded Linux operating software, TI’s OMAP development board and an eXpressDSP-compliant CODEC," said Gregory Mar, worldwide OMAP marketing manager, TI. "This integration plus their joining the TI third party network will enable them to further deliver innovative solutions like this to the PDT customer."

About the Texas Instruments Third Party Program

Empower Technologies Corporation is a member of the TI TMS320™ third party program, the most extensive collection of global DSP development support in the industry. With more than 650 independent companies and consultants, TI's customers have easy access to a broad range of application software, development hardware and software and consulting services. For more information on the TI third party program, please visit

About Empower Technologies

Founded in 2000, Empower Technologies is a provider of Linux-based embedded system technologies and solutions for the consumer electronics industry and the intelligent appliance market.

Empower is an innovative company that introduced to the world LinuxDA O/S™, the first and only complete Palm® Handheld compatible Linux Operating System scaled down for the Motorola Dragonball CPU platform.  By uniting top professionals from within the computer industry and developing quality partnerships and strategic alliances, Empower is committed to being the leading provider of Linux-based embedded system technologies and solutions for consumer electronics manufacturers.

Empower’s brands are "LinuxDA™" ( a Linux-based embedded operating system and "PowerPlay™" ( smart consumer electronics.

The statements contained in this news release that are not historical facts are forward looking statements.  Such statements are based on management's estimates, assumptions and projections using available information.  The company cautions that actual financial results could differ materially from the current expectations due to a number of factors.

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Palm is a trademark of Palm, Inc. PowerPlay and LinuxDA are the trademarks of Empower Technologies, Inc. All other brands are trademarks of their respective owners.