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Topic: PPC

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Posted by: gunne on Monday, June 19, 2006 - 15:48
Submitted by gunne
TopCPU is cpu monitor which displays the top 3 tasks with their cpu usage. Additionally it displays the total system cpu usage.

Find the software at: Aminet | See screenshot: Screenshot

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Did Apple make a mistake by switching to Intel?
Posted by: gunne on Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 21:11
Submitted by gunne
At The Register is an article published that tells Apple had been working closely with PA Semi - a maker of low-power Power processors - before deciding switching to Intel.

Find the article here at: The Register

Here is an article about PA Semi: The Register again

PA Semi Home page

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Posted by: ironfist on Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 23:53
Submitted by ironfist
Over at there is a discussion about designing good-looking T-shirts. They want logos and ideas for the T-shirt.

If you are interested, read here.

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EFIKA Pictures!
Posted by: ironfist on Tuesday, May 16, 2006 - 00:03
Submitted by ironfist
Matt Sealey has posted some pictures of the upcoming EFIKA motherboard over at PPCZone. As we can see it will fit inside a 5.25" CD-ROM sized case. There is no info wether this is the final production version or not.

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Open Server Workstation Upgrade Program
Posted by: ironfist on Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - 12:27
Submitted by ironfist
Bill and Raquel have presented an idea for an ODW to OSW upgrade program. For 799 USD you get a brand new Open Server Workstation and you return your old ODW. If you wish to keep them both you pay the full price - estimated at 1500 USD.

They want our feedback here.

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Genesi Presents - Online Compiling Cluster
Posted by: ironfist on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 - 17:25
Submitted by ironfist
Genesi has started a 20-node PowerPC cluster for building POWER binaries - both 32 and 64 bit. There are currently 3332 packages online for the EFIKA, Open Desktop Workstation, Open Server Workstation and the HMC Reference Platform.

The cluster runs on Gentoo Linux. Grid

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Posted by: ironfist on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 22:52
Submitted by ironfist member Rapport has previewed the new Kilocore1025 with 1024 8-bit cores together with one PowerPC core on a single power-efficient chip. Rapport plans to utilize Power Architecture™ technology, providing high-compute processing at extremely low energy consumption in one of the most energy-efficient processors of its kind.

Read the entire article here. The currently available Kilocore256 is also presented.

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Joint Dual-EFIKA (2.0) Webserver Evaluation Venture
Posted by: ironfist on Saturday, April 01, 2006 - 08:02
Submitted by ironfist
2006-04-01, Göteborg/San Antonio -- and Genesi Inc proudly presents a joint venture concerning the EFIKA 2.0. Bill Buck, CEO of Genesi has told you already this card will include an onboard XGI graphics chip, but the biggest news was kept a secret -- until now. In a tiny 100x100 mm PCB area two Freescale MPC5200B SOC-processors running each at 400 MHz are fitted. Together with an onboard Promise FastTrak TX2300 dual SATA-controller, dual LAN and onboard AC'97 audio this computer platform will revolutionize the entire computer market. "We really think this is exactly what the PowerPC geeks wants to play with", says Mr Bill Buck, CEO of Genesi Inc.

To give this platform a real test-drive will be running its popular Pegasos-portal on two of these EFIKAs. One will hold the SQL-database and one will run the webserver. The case will be a standard Chieftec 1U rack with four 10000 RPM 150 GB Western Digital Raptor harddrives - mirrored RAID for the webserver and striped for the database. "With currently serving over two-hundred thousand visitors a month this will be the perfect performance test for this new baby. Low power and high performance is exactly what we need with today's electric power costs.", says Mr Kristian Eklund, Chief Editor of The trial period will start within three months and will not interfere with single-CPU EFIKA Developer Programs.

About Genesi
Genesi is a leading provider of PowerPC based computing products. Genesi's Open Firmware (IEEE 1275) compliant designs bring PowerPC technology, flexibility, and efficiency to the desktop, home entertainment, netcom, low-end server and pervasive market segments at an affordable price.

About is a leading Pegasos-portal currently serving more than two million visitors per year with the latest PowerPC and Pegasos news. Also in the portal is a forum in English and Swedish open for all members. If you ever have a problem, post and you will recieve a prompt and professional answer. A Wiki, a blog planet and downloadble files are also included. is currently running on a Pegasos2 G4 1 GHz platform with 1 GB RAM and two fail-over highspeed Telia ADSL connections. Webmaster is Emanuel Steen and Kristian Eklund beeing the Chief Editor.

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Posted by: ironfist on Wednesday, March 29, 2006 - 19:33
Submitted by ironfist
EFIKA is available for purchase in single quantities from Freescale. This is for evaluation purpose and costs 299 USD.

Bill and Raquel also revealed that EFIKA 2 will have a XGI graphics chip equivalent and the Altera FPGA.
The EFIKA design will be released through just like the Pegasos.

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Interview with POWER Chip Inventor
Posted by: ironfist on Saturday, February 25, 2006 - 09:55
Submitted by ironfist
I found a rather old (about a month) interview with IBM Chief Scientist Frank Soltis. He was there when the POWER and PowerPC chips were invented. He worked on the AS/400 in 1990.
The interview gives us a brief history about the POWER and PowerPC chips over the last fifteen years.

Read it over at TechWorld.

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