The Linux Foundation Expands Membership with Addition of Texas Instruments

The Linux Foundation Expands Membership with Addition of Texas Instruments

SAN FRANCISCO, March 4, 2008 – The Linux Foundation (LF), the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that Texas Instruments (TI) is joining the Foundation. With its new membership, TI will help foster the growth of the Linux platform and collaborate with industry leaders who define both technical and operational best practices around open source software.

TI brings a long history of supporting the advancement of embedded and mobile Linux devices. The company’s OMAP™ platform of multimedia-rich application processors is widely recognized, and its work to integrate software and hardware for the mobile and portable electronics markets continues to spur the growth of Linux on consumer devices. DaVinci™ technology, also from TI, combines the processing technology, software, development tools and ecosystem to make video system development easy. By working with the Linux Foundation’s workgroups and participating in its member-only summits, TI will further ensure that its customers have the necessary tools to create innovative and differentiated Linux-based mobile devices that use the OMAP platform and DaVinci technology.

“Texas Instruments has an important perspective on mobile and embedded Linux, and we’re very excited to welcome them to the Foundation,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “Linux is experiencing huge growth in the embedded and mobile markets – it’s no surprise that a mobile leader like TI would want to foster collaboration with the community by supporting the Foundation’s efforts.”

Industry studies continue to forecast aggressive growth for mobile and embedded Linux. For example, ABI Research recently reported that by 2012, more than 127 million devices will run with a commercial Linux OS, up from 8.1 million in 2007. Additionally, device shipments of Linux as an RTOS replacement are set to grow from nearly zero today to more than 76 million units by 2012.

“Texas Instruments views the Linux Foundation as a significant contributor to the Linux community. As the importance of Linux in mobile and embedded markets continues to grow, there is a need to foster the growth of Linux and collaborate with other leading companies. The Linux Foundation workgroups and summits, such as its Collaboration and Legal Summits, allow us to collaborate with people and companies that are driving innovation on the Linux platform,” said Eric Thomas, Open Source Strategic Marketing Manager, Texas Instruments.

About the Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux. Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by providing unified resources and services needed for open source to successfully compete with closed platforms. For more information, please visit www.linux-foundation.org.

###

Trademarks: The Linux Foundation and Linux Standard Base are trademarks of The Linux Foundation. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. OMAP and DaVinci are trademarks of Texas Instruments. Third party marks and brands are the property of their respective holders.