IBM today outlined plans to openly collaborate and build a community of innovation around its Power microprocessor architecture used in a vast range of products from the world’s most powerful enterprise systems and supercomputers to games and embedded devices. The move could have major implications for computers and the electronics industry at large. This unprecedented step by IBM is designed to create a platform for innovation that enables researchers and electronics makers to add the features and capabilities that will drive new devices and applications. The move recognizes the fact that it is the final chip designs — more than the underlying architecture — where innovation is taking place to create entire systems in silicon, not just electronics components. Also, for the first time, IBM demonstrated its upcoming POWER5 microprocessor running multiple operating systems in virtual micropartitions. POWER5, which is IBM’s own high-end design using the Power Architecture, will drive future versions of IBM’s industry-leading server and storage systems. The PowerPC implementation of Power Architecture will continue to serve the OEM community.

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IBM today outlined plans to openly collaborate and build a community of
innovation around its Power microprocessor architecture used in a vast range of
products from the world’s most powerful enterprise systems and supercomputers to
games and embedded devices. The move could have major implications for computers
and the electronics industry at large. This unprecedented step by IBM is designed to create a platform for
innovation that enables researchers and electronics makers to add the features
and capabilities that will drive new devices and applications. The move
recognizes the fact that it is the final chip designs — more than the
underlying architecture — where innovation is taking place to create entire
systems in silicon, not just electronics components.
Also, for the first time, IBM demonstrated its upcoming POWER5 microprocessor
running multiple operating systems in virtual micropartitions. POWER5, which is
IBM’s own high-end design using the Power Architecture, will drive future
versions of IBM’s industry-leading server and storage systems. The PowerPC
implementation of Power Architecture will continue to serve the OEM community.