Samsung joins Google, IBM, Nvidia, Mellanox on the OpenPOWER Foundation


Samsung Electronics has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation – an open development alliance based on IBM’s POWER microprocessor architecture. Through the foundation, Samsung will be adding one more architecture within its cross-hairs. The company manufactures both x86 and ARM chips, with its latest Exynos processor being based on ARM designs.
The OpenPOWER Foundation, was formed last August as an initiative to build advanced server, networking, storage and acceleration technology. Through OpenPOWER, IBM has collaborated with Google, Tyan, Nvidia, Mellanox and now Samsung to build products around its Power Architecture. IBM retains hold over its Power line of products after it closed a deal which saw the company divest its x86 business to Lenovo.

By open, IBM means to license blueprints for its Power tech to partners in the foundation, promote open collaboration between foundation partners and use open source software for the OpenPOWER products. The foundation aims for success in hyperscale and cloud data centers.

The OpenPOWER Foundation is prioritizing four technical areas for development: System Software, Application Software, Open Server Development Platform and Hardware Architecture. Current focus is on software development and preliminary hardware design.