Embedded Linux OS and tools provider MontaVista has joined Power.org. The company plans to help the independent, vendor-neutral industry group promote and maintain the PowerPC processor architecture, and said it hopes to “significantly contribute to global issues impacting open standard hardware development.”
Power.org was formed in late 2004 by IBM and 15 backing companies, shortly after IBM announced “Linux-like” licensing for its variant of the PowerPC ISA (instruction set architecture). The organization an investment advisory board stocked with venture capitalists (VCs) a year later.
MontaVista has joined Power.org at the mid-tier $35,000/year sponsoring member level, entitling it to chair sub-committees, vote on committee output, and run for open board seats, among other benefits. Rival embedded Linux provider Wind River is also a sponsor-level member.
Michael Paczan, CTO of Power.org, stated, “MontaVista will help Power.org deliver software and platform-related specifications and guidelines.”
Jim Ready, CTO of MontaVista, stated, “MontaVista [has a] commitment to enhancing open standard software and hardware.”
MontaVista said Power.org has helped the PowerPC architecture achieve “the broadest, most diverse market penetration of any microprocessor today.”
Power.org recently published specs for a unified IBM/Motorola PowerPC ISA, as well as a Linux system spec. The organization plans to host its first-ever Power.org developer conference later this year.
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