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Semiconductor Business News: IBM pursues 'pervasive computing' applications with Linux, copper PowerPC

Aug 09, 1999, 18:17 (0 Talkback[s])
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"IBM Corp.'s Microelectronics Division is stepping up its efforts to grab a significant portion of network computing applications with its PowerPC processors running Linux..."

"...IBM Microelectronics' recently formed Pervasive Computing Segment plans to demonstrate a number of PowerPC-based solutions for Linux thin servers, including one platform reference design based on a 450-MHz processor made with copper interconnects. IBM has actively been pursuing its own Linux-based server applications but now the company's semiconductor division is attempting to help other systems manufacturers introduce their own solutions using the PowerPC RISC processors, custom logic devices and the open operating system"

" 'We have been working with LinuxPPC Inc., which sells a version of Linux for PowerPC-based Apple machines as a generic platform, and another software supplier Yellow Dog [of Terra Soft Solutions Inc.] has been working with our server divisions,' said John Lowry, marketing manager for the pervasive computing platforms at IBM Microelectronics. 'We will eventually be working with them [Yellow Dog], but we are distributor neutral.' "

"The Linux initiative is expected to play a key role in IBM Microelectronics' efforts to develop new types of computing applications for home and office markets. The Pervasive Computing segment was launched after John Kelly took over IBM Microelectronics as general manager earlier this year."

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