SAN FRANCISCO Power.org, an open community developing standards and applications around IBM Corp.'s Power Architecture, announced Monday (Sept. 26) that eight new members have joined the organization, bring total membership to more than 30 companies.
In a statement issued Monday from a members’ conference in Shanghai, China, Power.org said that new membership and product development by member companies has exceeded first-year expectations. The organization credited collaborative innovation among members and advancements to the IBM Power microprocessor architecture for the growth.
"When you are forming an organization, especially one as broad as Power.org, you really don't know what is going to happen [how well it will be received]," said Dan Greenberg, an IBM spokesperson for Power.org. "We are very gratified."
The eight new member companies include CipherOptics (Raleigh, N.C.), CriticalBlue (San Jose, Calif.), Genesi (Las Vegas), Mentor Graphics Corp. (Wilsonville, Ore.), Silicon Application Corp. (Taipei, Taiwan), Tehuti Networks (Herzliya, Israel), Terra Soft Solutions Inc. (Loveland, Colo.) and Virtutech Inc. (San Jose).
Power.org also announced the formation of five technical subcommittees to enhance development opportunities around Power Architecture technology. The subcommittees are focused on, respectively, Power architecture platform requirements, HV server reference platform, storage SMB reference platform, system-on-chip (SoC) design hierarchy and bus architecture.
According to Greenberg, the formation of other technical committees is currently under consideration. He said the organization is "working on several areas that really advance the applicability of Power by bringing in some real advanced concepts, like acceleration and other types of ways of bridging different kernel structures."
Greenberg said Power.org is also considering changes that would allow individuals to join the organization, rather than strictly companies. To open up the organization to individual members, Power.org must first iron out how the organization's intellectual property (IP) policy applies to individuals.
"When it's a company, lawyers are a lot more comfortable," Greenberg said.
IBM also said Monday that it would make available a Power Evaluation Kit, for free, at the company's Web site. IBM said the integrated SoC evaluation kit is designed to enable software development and performance analysis for consumer applications based on the Power Architecture.
In related news Monday, Cadence introduced a comprehensive set of services for SoC designers embedding Power architecture technology, and Genesi said it intends to develop a dual 970MP-based platform to be known as the "Open Server Workstation."