P.A. Semiconductor's PWRficient 1682M CPU

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Oct 232005

P.A. Semiconductor, a brand new semiconductor company, today announced their development of the PA6T-1682M dual-core 64-bit PowerPC processor. The 1682M, expected to be available by the end of 2006, will be the first in their “PWRficient” family, aimed at “performance per watt” in embedded and high-performance computing markets.

Update: Real World Technologies has an informative article posted, including details such as pipeline design and the rationale for a strongly ordered memory model.

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Dual-Processor Dual-Core Power Mac G5

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Oct 202005

The recently announced Power Mac G5 features two dual-core 970MP processors, PCI Express, and support up to 16GB of DDR2 RAM. Unfortunately for Linux users, the bundled graphics cards are limited to nVidia. No word on Linux support for the new systems, yet…

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IBM Java Developer Kit with PPC Linux Mozilla Plugin

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Oct 192005

IBM has just released a beta download for its upcoming Java 5 Standard Edition Java Developer Kit (JDK). Of particular interest is that this build now contains a Mozilla plugin for PPC Linux, which had been omitted in the past. It also appears to obviate the need for historical Just-In-Time (JIT) hacks. Hopefully the official JDK will be released in the near future…

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Cell Processor Toolchain Available

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Oct 102005

Source and binaries are now available for a toolchain targeting the Cell processor’s Synergistic Processing Elements (SPEs), the coprocessors that run alongside the ppc64 Power Processor Element (PPE). The GCC modifications are based on GCC 3.4.1. Combined with libspe, Open Source developers now have the tools they need to write and run code on the Cell SPEs.

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Interview with the Slimline Open Firmware Developers

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Oct 102005

IBM developerWorks has interviewed the developers of Slimline Open Firmware (SLOF), a BSD-licensed Open Firmware implementation for PowerPC. The conversation included SLOF’s mission, its use as the official firmware for an IBM Cell blade prototype, and future directions.

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pSeries Virtualization

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Oct 042005

IBM has published a pair of articles about pSeries virtualization. The first, in the IBM Research Journal, which talks about hypervisor design, virtual IO, and overall system design. The second is a developerWorks article, which focuses specifically on the software needed for Dynamic Logical Partitioning (DLPAR) on POWER5 systems.

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Genesi Announces 64-bit Workstation

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Sep 262005

Genesi, makers of the G4-based Pegasos motherboard, have announced that they’ve joined Power.org. They simultaneously announced their intent to build a G4-based blade, and more importantly a 4-core (dual 970MP) “Open Server Workstation.” No technical specifications, approximate prices or estimated schedule are given. The announcement is also mentioned in an IBM press release.

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libfreevec Release

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Sep 252005

Konstantinos Margaritis, its sole developer, has announced that libfreevec is now ready for its first release. libfreevec is a set of Altivec-optimized libc functions similar to libmotovec, except that libfreevec is LGPL-licensed and written in C (using gcc’s Altivec intrinsics). Konstantinos had some assistance from Freescale and was supported monetarily by Genesi, who also donated an Open Desktop Workstation for development.

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Toshiba Announces Cell Reference Platform and Chipset

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Sep 202005

Toshiba has announced development of a Cell chipset and reference platform incorporating that chipset, both expected to be available in April 2006. The reference platform will include normal PC peripherals and software development kits. Toshiba will be demonstrating the chipset and reference platform at the CEATEC show in October.

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Genesi: "Free" Developer Workstation

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Sep 072005

Genesi has begun offering “free” Open Desktop Workstations when you sign up for 36 months of $30/month support services. Also, they have announced they’re now listed in the IBM Global Solution Directory, and are trying to join Power.org.

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