IBM and Motorola define new PowerPC architecture for embedded applications

IBM and Motorola define new PowerPC architecture for embedded applications
Tom Foremski
IBM and Motorola revealed details on a new PowerPC microprocessor architecture for embedded applications.
The architecture, code named “Book E” is designed to provide consistency between the two companies’ embedded PowerPC products and compatibility with existing PowerPC applications. The companies said they will license their designs to other companies in the hope of extending the use of PowerPC architecture microprocessors.
“PowerPC microprocessors are becoming the processors of choice under the covers of more and more types of electronic products,” said Elliott Newcombe, microcontroller marketing manager at IBM Microelectronics. “We believe our work with Motorola will assure a major role for the architecture as the foundation for an even broader set of applications.”
The two companies had jointly operated the Somerset design centre working on new PowerPC designs but they dissolved their joint venture last year.


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