TI goes the Open Source way!
Most of you probably know about Google's Summer of Code project. One of the great things that came out of that project is TI deciding to give out their compiler for free.
This is an important first step to getting open source codecs running on the DSP of the OSD, as well as for other projects which make use of TI's DM320 or other products containing a c54x DSP. Unfortunately this is not the complete CCS environment, but a standalone compiler. It contains the compiler, optimizer, assembler and a linker. However you get NO debugger with the tool set.
You can find the compiler toolset here.
Finally a large company like TI is also moving towards the right direction of freeing some of its software. Compilers are known to be a pain in you know where! And all companies and academia should join hands towards improving them further instead of making custom compilers from scratch or using some proprietary compiler. You know which compiler I am hinting towards :)
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