Power.org finalizes roadmap, new specs

November 6, 2006 – Power.org, the open collaborative organization pushing IBM’s Power Architecture, has released new design specs and instruction sets, and devised a consolidated roadmap for processors utilizing the technology.

A merged instruction set architecture, Power ISA Version 2.03, is now available, aiming to create a unified architecture for standards-based processor and application development. Also available is a reference spec to help companies develop and produce Power Architecture-based processors for high-performance, power-efficient devices and applications.

The consolidated processor roadmap includes products and cores from AMCC, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Rapport, and Synopsys.

“By making good on its commitment to deliver a new ISA, Power.org has demonstrated the ability to implement its vision of establishing Power Architecture as the premier platform for the creation of innovative, successful devices and applications,” stated Glenn Beck, Power.org’s marketing committee chair and Power Architecture marketing manager for Freescale Semiconductor, adding that this ISA release “is the first of many milestones planned for the architecture.”


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