This paper describes Power Architecture processing technology, the common thread for a very broad range of computing devices, from 32-bit microcontrollers to 64-bit ASICs. The technology is also found in some of the most sophisticated field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) available today, including Xilinx Virtex-4 FX and Virtex-5 FXT FPGAs. Also discussed are how dozens of influential companies providing chips, tools, software, services, and systems have joined together in to develop open specifications and standards
for the Power Architecture platform, and how this open-community approach to managing Power Architecture technology has already resulted in many tangible benefits.

Reprinted with permission from Xcell Journal / Second Quarter 2008. Article © Xcell Journal.