Empower Technologies Unveils The Osaka Project at CES 2005 in Las Vegas

Richmond, British Columbia – January 4, 2005 - Empower Technologies (“Empower”), an industry leader in Linux-based embedded solutions, announced the debut of The Osaka Project today at the Unveiled event at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. With CD, DVD and MP3 and clock radio capabilities, the Osaka Project is a compact, all-digital audio system. Supporting a wide range of sound functions, it integrates all the elements of personal and home audio, in addition to a PDA with QVGA display.

Powered by LinuxDA Embedded Operating System (LEOs) for Texas Instruments’ OMAP5910 processor, The Osaka Project increases digital audio decoding standards. In sleek and cutting-edge form, LEOs for OMAP5910 initiates a new level of performance expectations for intelligent devices with increased headroom for applications and expansion capabilities for other functions such as EQ processing and audio dynamics processing. The Osaka Project fulfills the needs and demands of the cutting edge consumer.

“We are very excited about the possibilities The Osaka Project brings to Empower Technologies,” said Paul Leung, chairman and CEO of Empower Technologies. “Intelligent audio is a necessary development for the actualization of the digital living room. As the next generation of audio, the innovations expressed by The Osaka Project bring a progressive, unparalleled level of functionality and sound performance to the digital living room.”

The Osaka Project features:

  • LinuxDA Embedded Operating System (LEOs) for OMAP5910 to support advanced functionality expected from computers and PDAs
  • Uses TI’s latest OMAP5910 dual processor with TI’s Enhanced ARM925 core and TMS320C55x DSP (Digital Signal Processor) core
  • Mirage-patented OMNIPOLARTM speaker dispersion and technology creates a revolutionary 360-degree experience with 30% direct and 70% reflected sound
  • High power, audiophile quality amplification with Direct Digital Amplification (DDX) from Apogee Technology
  • DVD, CD and full feature MP3 player with rich, realistic sound
  • QVGA LCD touch screen with advanced graphical user interface and a dual processor computer
  • Simple and intuitive operation – manually or with included remote control

Taken together, rich, immersive sound booms from a sleek, compact device, affordably priced for a wide consumer base. iPod ready, The Osaka Project is an innovative and powerful personal listening and lifestyle experience that combines unprecedented sound quality with unprecedented reliability. Representing the next generation of intelligent electronics, the performance of The Osaka Project contributes to the actualization of the digital living room.

Pricing and Availability:

The Osaka Project is expected to be widely available this December for MSRP $499 USD.

For more information regarding pricing and product availability, please visit the Empower Technologies (www.empowertechnologies.com) website.

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 Linux DA 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” (www.linuxda.com) a Linux-based embedded operating system and “PowerPlay” (www.powerplaydevices.com) smart consumer electronics.

Contact Information:

Media Enquiries:
Paul Leung - Chairman & CEO (604) 278-3100 or [email protected]
Ed (Edward) Dennis – President (604) 278-3100 or [email protected]

LinuxDA O/S Sales Enquiries:
[email protected] or (425) 881-0909

More Information on Empower Technologies:

Investor Relations:
[email protected]


Empower Technologies Corporation

Paul Leung
Chairman & CEO

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