IBM to License PowerPC
News.com reports that IBM is aiming towards broader PowerPC chip licensing:
- The new plan, dubbed the open PowerPC licensing program, will offer the chip to a much wider range of potential customers.
Ultimately, a successful licensing business would help IBM establish its PowerPC processor more firmly in the marketplace, boosting its position against competitors such as the ARM and MIPS chips as well as rival companies like Motorola and Intel, an IBM representative said.
This expanded licensing will only be for the PowerPC 400 series at first -- described as a "system-on-a-chip" processor.