Motorola, IBM to tout PowerPC for embedded apps

Motorola and IBM will cooperate to expand the use of PowerPC processors in embedded applications, according to Hector Ruiz, president of Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector. Ruiz says the two companies will collaborate to make the PowerPC architecture more ubiquitous in embedded and other special-purpose applications such as handheld and communications products. The objective is to bring the PowerPC architecture into 'every conceivable space,' he says. But is Motorola backing away from Apple? 'I don't know,' he says.

Motorola and IBM will cooperate to expand the use of PowerPC processors in embedded applications, according to Hector Ruiz, president of Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector.

Speaking at the Motorola Horizons conference, Ruiz said the two companies will collaborate to make the PowerPC architecture more ubiquitous in embedded and other special-purpose applications such as handheld and communications products. The objective is to bring the PowerPC architecture into "every conceivable space," he said.

Ruiz would not elaborate on the details of the collaboration.

IBM and Motorola designed the PowerPC architecture with Apple for Macintosh computers. Motorola Computer Group has also been producing Macintosh clones and is negotiating with Apple for a Mac OS 8 license, said David Dewey, Mac advocate for Motorola Computer group, in San Jose, California.

Ruiz said Motorola will continue to work with Apple, noting most users identify the PowerPC architecture with Apple applications.

Mel Thomsen, an analyst with Micro Design Resources, in Sunnyvale, California, questioned Motorola's commitment to Apple.

"Are they backing away from that [relationship]?" Thomsen asked.

"I don't know," Ruiz answered.

Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector, in Phoenix, Arizona, is at http://www.motorola.com/.

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