From entertainment to communications, electronic ‘gadgets’ are becoming increasingly a part of everyday life as designers stuff more sophistication and functionality to ever-shrinking form factors. Enabling this functionality are advanced embedded digital signal processors such as Texas Instruments’ OMAP and DaVinci that are responsible for everything from decompressing of data to running a web browser to taking and controlling inputs from a touchscreen.

However to truly make these processors ‘sing’, a lot of software is required, which is where the book “OMAP and DaVinci Technology Software for Dummies” comes in. The book is a must-read for any designer or manager about to embark on a project that might involve one of these processors and covers everything from understanding the basic tools and software, to real-world design and code and development resources.

To get you started, we’re presenting Chapters 2 through 4 on the DSPDesignLine and TechOnline over the coming weeks. This week we start with Chapter 2, “Using the Right Operating System“, which covers the DSP scheduler, using Linux, choosing between community and commercial Linux and working with applications that run on the two processors. Enjoy!

A full table of contents can be found here.

Note: Used with the permission of the publisher, Wiley Publishing, and Texas Instruments Incorporated. This series of articles/article is based on Chapters 2 through 4 of “OMAP and DaVinci Technology Software for Dummies” by Alan Campbell, TI.