COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Power.org is seeking to show a continuing embedded base for its Power instruction set architecture in the aftermath of Apple Inc.'s move away from the PowerPC.
The coalition, founded by IBM, Freescale Semiconductor, Cadence Design Systems and Synopsys, will hold its first Power Architecture Developer Conference in Austin, Texas, from Sept. 24-25.
The Power Architecture grew out of the PowerPC RISC architecture jointly developed by IBM, Motorola and Apple. As generations of synthesizable cores have been developed, chip vendors such as Applied Microcircuits Corp. and Broadcom have become Power licensees. Even as IBM diversified toward the Cell architecture, it has released standard processors and cores based on the Power architecture. Meanwhile, Freescale has released many variations of the PowerQuicc communications processor.
The conference will feature presentations on system and software aspects of the Power architecture, which is being promoted by a number of semiconductor, subsystem and embedded software companies. Power.org expects more than 500 attendees at the inaugural event.
Proposals for papers to be delivered at the September conference must be submitted to Power.org by April 20.