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Freescale Extends the PowerPC Architecture Market With mobileGT PlatformOpportunities for Open Source Developers to Design Commercial and Industrial Applications Based on MPC5200B Microprocessor (February 21, 2006)
A collaborative effort between Freescale and Genesi USA, Inc., a new mobileGT Alliance member, introduces application opportunities based on the PowerPC architecture to members of Genesi's open source developer communities as well as Power.org member developers. The technology bundle combines Freescale's MPC5200B microprocessor based on the PowerPC architecture and Genesi's EFIKA reference platform with integrated open source software stack.
"This is a great opportunity to open vast new industrial and commercial arenas to the PowerPC architecture," said Anand Ramamoorthy, general manager of Freescale's infotainment, multimedia and telematics business. "Our membership in Power.org and collaboration with Genesi gives us a pipeline to migrate the outstanding capabilities of our mobileGT platform to a much broader range of markets. MobileGT platform customers can expect to be able to simplify their product development process and add additional features available from the open source community."
The EFIKA is a high performance, small form factor design that features Genesi's Hardware Abstraction Layer and IEEE 1275 compliant Open Firmware (HAL/OF), which gives designers increased flexibility to reduce product development time, speed time-to-market and extend software development from one application based on the PowerPC architecture to another. The platform encourages developers to leverage the PowerPC architecture for their GNU/Linux, OpenSolaris, MorphOS and other operating systems and applications, providing performance and cost benefits for system designs and designers.
"For PowerPC architecture technology to continue its reach into new markets, developers need PowerPC-based platforms supported by open tools, a diversity of operating systems and a collaborative ecosystem," said Nigel Beck, vice president technology marketing, IBM systems and technology group. "It is precisely this kind of collaboration between our members that we seek to foster in Power.org."
Future generations of mobileGT platforms are expected to continue to integrate functionality that supports the open source development community, providing the right balance of high performance, low-cost and low-power consumption for the industrial/commercial space.
The mobileGT name refers to both an architecture and an alliance of key vendors in the navigation, infotainment and telematics industry. Pooling the talents of processor suppliers, RTOS vendors, software module IP providers, system integrators and hardware add-ons helps to ensure that customers will have off-the-shelf solutions when they need them. mobileGT alliance members support and drive adoption of the MPC5200 reference platforms. Information on the mobileGT alliance can be found at http://www.freescale.com/files/pr/mgtopensource.html.
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. (NYSE:FSL) (NYSE:FSL.B) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. Freescale became a publicly traded company in July 2004. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale, a member of the S&P 500, is one of the world's largest semiconductor companies with 2005 sales of $5.8 billion (USD). For more information about Freescale, visit www.freescale.com.
Comprising leaders in the technology field, Power.org develops, enables and promotes PowerPC architecture technology as the preferred open standard hardware development platform for the electronics industry and administers qualification programs that optimize interoperability and accelerate innovation for a positive user experience. The founder group includes Cadence Design Systems, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Jabil Circuit, Novell, P.A. Semi, Red Hat, Synopsys and Thales Computers. For more information about Power.org, visit www.power.org.
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