Feeds

Samsung joins IBM's secretive chip consortium

Asian electronics giant sighted at table with Google, Nvidia, Mellanox...

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Samsung Electronics has joined IBM's OpenPOWER Consortium, adding another company to stuff Big Blue's chips into a variety of hardware products.

OpenPOWER is a scheme by IBM designed to make it easy for companies to license the architecture and customize it for specific needs, like ARM does with its chips. Big Blue unveiled the consortium in August of 2013.

IBM's hope is that the consortium can create a new set of product categories for the ailing Power architecture, and stop it being trampled into insignificance by the ever-increasing dominance of Intel's x86 platform.

"From an IBM perspective, we can say that IBM is pleased to have them join and we look forward to the contributions they will bring to the group," an IBM spokesperson told El Reg on Wednesday.

Samsung will sit alongside existing members such as search king Google, GPU maker Nvidia, networking expert Mellanox, and motherboard specialist Tyan, IBM announced on Wednesday.

Separately, IBM has announced plans to pour over $1bn into spurring Linux development on the chips as another way of trying to increase use of the tech.

So far, the foundation is making four areas of development technical priorities: system software, application software, hardware architecture, and an open server development platform.

"We are past the formation stage and are now rolling up our sleeves and getting into the real work. That said, we are spending a good amount of time fielding questions from interested parties. To date, we've received interest from upwards of 70 parties and we expect to see memberships continue at a steady clip," the IBM spokesperson said.

Electronics giant Samsung is likely joining the consortium to give it an easy way of accessing and fiddling with a sophisticated chip architecture that provides a hedge against ARM chips no longer filling its needs. Though this plays outside of the company's core expertise of mobile devices and appliances, it may hold development opportunities for future products.

Samsung had not responded to questions at the time of writing. Last week, rumors began to circulate that IBM had employed Goldman Sachs to help it price up its chip division for a possible sale, which if true could have major implications for the OpenPOWER Consortium. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
NASA launches new climate model at SC14
75 days of supercomputing later ...
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?
Don't worry about that cable, it's part of the config
Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY
Pony up or push off, Zuck tells social marketeers
Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals
By writing a really angry letter about how it's harming our cloud business, ta
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.