A long time ago now, Apple acquired PA Semi, makers of a high-performance low-power PowerPC chip. After much rumor and speculation, Apple eventually reluctantly agreed to continue to make PA’s 1682M processors available to existing PA Semi customers (a move pressured by the US Department of Defense, since most of PA Semi’s customers were in the defense industry).

After all that, Mercury Computer Systems, who have done plenty of work with the Power Architecture, finally announced their “PowerBlock 50”, which apparently is a ruggedized custom form-factor blade chassis. The PowerBlock 50 can hold a few different types of blades, including an FPGA, a Freescale PowerQUICC III processor, and, you guessed it, a PA6T-1682M.

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