Texas Instruments on Friday launched a new application development kit. The Innovator Development Kit is for the company's OMAP (Open Multimedia Applications Protocol) technology, which includes processors and software for wireless devices such as cell phones.
Developers will be able to use the kit to create applications for devices using TI chips. It will do so by offering modules such as a user-interface module, which lets developers select features for a user interface for the device they are targeting. A typical cell phone, for example, would have a smaller screen than a PDA (personal digital assistant), and so it would require a different type of user interface. TI will offer modules for adding support for communications protocols such as Bluetooth for device-to-device communications. TI says the kit, which will support Symbian, Palm, Microsoft Windows CE and Linux operating systems, will be available next quarter.