Power Everywhere from IBM

IBM plans the industry's first openly customisable microprocessor to allow vendors to adapt IBM's solutions to the diverse range of processor applications becoming available.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  April 4, 2004

IBM has outlined plans to openly collaborate and build a community of innovation around its Power microprocessor architecture, which is used in products from enterprise systems and supercomputers to games and embedded devices. The move could have major implications for computers and the electronics industry at large. In a presentation at Power Everywhere, Dr. Bernard Meyerson, chief technologist, IBM Systems & Technology Group disclosed that IBM is working on future Power chips that can physically reconfigure themselves - adding memory or accelerators, for example - to optimise performance or power consumption for a specific application. "In the future, the chip you have may not be the chip you bought," said Dr. Meyerson. 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 recognises 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. This is part of IBM’s bid to encourage companies to use IBM processors in the diverse set of electronics products that will need them in the near future.

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