Power Architecture Technology Accelerating Beyond IBM

New Members Announced as Power.org Standards Body Takes Form at Summit in Shanghai, China

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SHANGHAI, CHINA - 27 Sep 2005: At a members' conference in Shanghai, China today, Power.org -- an organization dedicated to accelerating collaborative innovation on Power Architecture™ technology -- said that new membership and product development by member companies had exceeded first year expectations. Organization officials credited the growth to the collaborative innovation approach Power.org fosters among members, in addition to advances made in Power Architecture technology itself.

The Shanghai conference was attended by Power.org members and numerous technology and manufacturing companies from throughout Asia and the Middle East. New members announced today, included:

"What started only months ago as a consortium of companies driving innovation on Power Architecture technology, has become a fully functioning standards body, supporting openness and collaborative innovation around new products and systems," said Nigel Beck, chairman, Power.org. "The rapid growth of the Power.org movement provides a glimpse at the possibilities that exist when breakthrough technology is made truly open and accessible to all."

Power.org Members Advance Technology Architecture Across Industry
Cadence Design Systems today announced the availability of a comprehensive set of services for SoC designers embedding Power Architecture technology, including a new custom-synthesized design approach. Developed in close collaboration with Power.org members, the custom-synthesized approach advances PowerPC® portability in customer segments such as consumer and networking.

Also today, new Power.org member Genesi announced its intention to develop a dual PowerPC 970MP based platform to be designated as the "Open Server Workstation" directed at the numerous PowerPC development communities that have been fostered around Genesi's successful Open Desktop Workstation. The Open Desktop Workstation was recently reviewed and awarded a 5/5 by Linux User and Developer Magazine.

Technical Committees Formed; Lay Foundation for Power Collaboration
Power.org also announced today the formation of five technical subcommittees to enhance development opportunities around Power Architecture technology.

The subcommittees include:

New Power Cores Enable Unparalleled System/Device Development Opportunity
Addressing growing opportunity in the area of system-on-a-chip (SoC) technology, IBM today announced new low-power and high-performance Power Architecture-based microprocessor cores to serve as the engine behind next generation processor technology. The new cores foster unparalleled access to the flexible Power Architecture instruction set architecture that can scale from consumer to supercomputer applications.

The PowerPC 405 and PowerPC 440 embedded processor cores are being offered in 90nm technology for a range of consumer, communications and embedded computing applications.

Power Evaluation Kit Made Available to Development Community
Announced today and made available for a free download at http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/power/, the Power Evaluation Kit is an integrated SoC evaluation kit designed to enable software development and performance analysis for consumer applications based on Power Architecture technology.

IBM has made the system-level design tools available to enable SoC designers to make informed decisions early in the design process, potentially speeding the delivery of products to market. The kit can help designers quickly evaluate the cross-domain effects of design trade-offs on performance, power, timing, and die size, reducing the time associated with traditional design techniques.

The first version of this kit is an SoC analysis framework which includes the IBM ChipBench(TM) System Level Design (SLD) performance analysis solution along with a set of SystemC® transaction-level architecture models.

Power Architecture microprocessors are the heartbeat of products ranging from video gaming systems and telematics to supercomputers. For more information, visit www.power.org.


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