Arrow Electronics Signed Distribution Agreement with Empower Technologies(TM)

    Arrow Electronics to Distribute Empower Technologies' Linux Development
    Kit for Texas Instruments' OMAP(TM) Dual-core Processor

    RICHMOND, BC, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Empower Technologies ("Empower") (TSX.V:
EPT) is pleased to announce that Arrow Electronics, Inc of Melville, New York
has signed a distribution agreement with Empower to distribute Empower's
LEOs(R) (Linux Embedded Operating System) development kit - the LDK591x, which
is an embedded hardware/software development kit for Texas Instruments (TI)
OMAP591x dual-core processors. Leveraging the performance and DSP/BIOS(M) Link
provided by TI's OMAP(TM) dual core processors, the LDK591x runs Empower's
LEOs(R) operating software out of the box and can be leveraged by developers
as a powerful design reference for both hardware and software to significantly
reduce device development time and cost. Subject to mutual approval, other
current and future Empower LDK development kits based on different embedded
CPU platforms can also be added to Arrow's distribution.
    "We are very pleased and excited that Arrow will be distributing our
LEOs(R) Development Kits world-wide," said Paul Leung, President and CEO of
Empower. "With their breadth and depth of engineering, customer support and
logistics management capabilities, we expect this relationship will be a win
for our customers, Arrow, and Empower." He added that Arrow has a long and
well established relationship within the embedded computer OEM market. Leung
also noted that by leveraging on Arrow's strong world-wide sales and marketing
network, he expects Empower's visibility to increase substantially within the
developer community among those who are involved in mobile/handheld embedded
devices for the automotive, personal navigation device (PND), Radio Frequency
Identification (RFID), and healthcare markets - which also is Empower's market
    "Arrow has observed a continuing trend, within our embedded customer
base, where operating system selection is occurring prior to the hardware
platform decision. Responding to the requirements of our customers, Arrow is
pleased to be able to offer Linux-based solutions from Empower for our Texas
Instruments OMAP(TM) processors," said Robert Behn, Vice President of Embedded
Computing and Memory Marketing, Arrow Electronics. "Empower is positioned as
an industry leader in Linux-based embedded system technologies and solutions.
We see this as an attractive combination of technologies for implementations
in the telecommunications, automotive and transportation, industrial, medical
and life sciences industries, where the flexibility of Linux and the scalable
OMAP(TM) family can deliver complete solutions to our OEM customers."

    About Arrow Electronics

    Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and
solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and
computer products, with 2006 sales of $13.6 billion. Arrow serves as a supply
channel partner for more than 600 suppliers and 140,000 original equipment
manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a
global network of 260 locations in 55 countries and territories. A Fortune 200
company with nearly 12,000 employees worldwide, Arrow brings the technology
solutions of its customers and suppliers to a breadth of markets, including
telecommunications, information systems, automotive and transportation,
medical and life sciences, industrial equipment and consumer electronics. For
more information, please visit

    About the Texas Instruments DSP Third Party Network

    Empower Technologies is a member of the TI DSP Third Party Network, a
worldwide organization of independent companies that offer products and
services supporting TI DSPs. TI third parties provide expertise across a
variety of applications, including audio, control, telecommunications, video
and imaging and wireless communications. Third party products and services
include a broad range of application software, development hardware and
software, and consulting services that support original equipment
manufacturers' efforts to bring differentiated products to the market quickly.
For more information about the TI DSP Third Party Network, please visit

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