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rick merritt
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Sum Micro all over again
rick merritt   4/23/2014 9:35:55 PM
When Sun was struggling to stay relevent in servers it mades Sparc open and it went nowhere. I see no reason why IBM would not face a similar fate with Power8. I see vultures circling this architecture.

betajet
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IBM PowerPC 4xx embedded processors
betajet   4/23/2014 6:48:32 PM
I have a few words to say about IBM's proprietary technology: IBM PC Technical Reference Manual.

Regarding PowerPC, I've used a lot of IBM PowerPC 4xx series embedded processors over the years, and when IBM owned the technology the documentation was excellent and almost completely open.  A while back they sold the technology to AMCC (now Applied Micro), and now you have to be a registered customer even to look at the list of products.  I wonder how many sales Applied Micro misses out on because prospects can't even see what's offered?

I'm delighted to see IBM still pursuing PowerPC technology.  IMO it's a great architecture, much cleaner instruction set than ARM.  Go Big Blue!

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Power-PC based open system
y_sasaki   4/23/2014 6:13:35 PM
How many people still remember ill-fated PReP / CHRP project in mid 1990s, or more recent PAPR attempt in 2006...?

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