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IBM goes low-power with new chips designed for Internet devices

Apr 13, 2001, 14:38 (0 Talkback[s])
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By Kevin Reichard

Looking to extend Linux to the world of low-power Internet-attached consumer electronics, IBM today announced a few family of chips combining a microprocessor with a number of optional pervasive computing features.

The IBM PowerPC IAP (Internet Appliance Platform) is specifically designed for the consumer field, where manufacturers of consumer products can use PowerPC IAP to add Internet capability while minimizing the number of chips under the covers to make products smaller, less costly and more power efficient.

"We're merging custom chip technology with consumer electronic products," said Scottie Ginn, vice president for pervasive technology, IBM Microelectronics, in a press release. "The one-size-fits-all days of PC microprocessors are over. Unlike PCs, consumer electronics that attach to the Internet will come in all types of sizes and shapes, each demanding unique things of the chips that drive them. With PowerPC IAP, manufacturers can design a chip to fit their product, rather than limiting their product to what a standard chip will allow."

According to IBM, some early uses for the PowerPC IAP include Internet appliances powered by Linux and IBM WebSphere.

A release date of the new chipset was not announced.

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