Feeds

IBM set to rejoin PowerPC triumvirate over AltiVec support

Microelectronics division comes back to Motorola, Apple way of thinking

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

IBM looks set to adopt Motorola's AltiVec PowerPC extensions after all. Quoted in an interview with EE Times, Mike Attardo, general manager of IBM's Microelectronics Division, said the two companies will soon "come to a solution" to their eight-month disagreement over the technology. Motorola first announced AltiVec, a set of vector processing instructions designed to bring to the PowerPC the ability to manipulate streamed data alongside in parallel with its regular processing operations, back in April. Soon after, IBM said it would not be supporting the technology, and it looked liked the co-developer of the PowerPC would begin to move away from the chip, not least because Apple, one of the biggest buyers of PowerPC chips, had thrown its weight behind AltiVec as a key component of its plan to offer faster machines than the Wintel world. Now, the company seems to have realised its original stance might have been a mistake. "The three companies are motivated to co-operate, and we will co-operate," said Attardo. What kind of deal the two CPU manufacturers have worked out remains to be seen -- Attardo did not go into the details of the agreement. ®

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.