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11 join open microprocessor movement

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Keywords:power org? microprocessor?, an open community of developers, tool providers and manufacturers developing standards and applications around IBM Corp.'s Power Architecture, has added 11 new members to its organization. was established in December 2004 by 17 companies, including Cadence Design Systems Inc., Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., IBM, Red Hat, Sony Corp. and Synopsys Inc. The movement aims to collaborate globally on industry standards for microprocessor technology. Its mission statement calls for an "open-standard hardware development platform for the electronics industry," with open standards, specifications, guidelines and best practices.

The newest members, a collection of EDA, design services, IC and other electronics companies, are: AboveMicro Technologies Corp., Anyka Cayman Corp., Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Celestica, Dafca, Forte Design Systems, Rapport Inc., Teak Technologies Inc., TimeLab, Universal Scientific Industrial and Venture Corp.

Dan Greenberg, an IBM spokesman for, said the diversity in the size and the market area of the new members illustrates the Power architecture's momentum and the interest level from across the electronics value chain.

"People see the Power architecture as very broad-based, scaleable and adaptable," Greenberg said. "They feel they can do a lot of things with it, but at the same time maintain the ties to the larger electronics ecosystem, including tools and compilers."

Greenberg added that, while he could not speak for all of the individual companies involved, he believes that companies are attracted to because it is a way to maintain their "freedom of action" in the marketplace. "They can do a lot of things because it is an open ecosystem," he said. also said Wednesday (June 8) that several companies participating in its community conference in Barcelona, Spain introduced new products and deployments based on Power Architecture technology. These included the EasyG5 dual G5 VME system from Thales and synthesizable versions of the PowerPC 405 and 440 processors as part of Synopsys' DesignWare Star intellectual property program.

- Dylan McGrath

EE Times

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