The IBM PowerPC - IBM's Microprocessor Revolution


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About this Artwork

This artwork is a mixed media display celebrating the IBM PowerPC. In 1991, a consortium of IBM, Motorola, and Apple developed the PowerPC Reference Architecture as an open RISC microprocessor specification. Taking IBM's existing POWER Architecture used in its RS/6000 computers, the team developed an incredibly flexible processor that could handle a wide range of applications from low-end embedded processing to high-end performance computing. The PowerPC was used in the Apple Power Mac to replace the aging 68000 architecture. It was used in IBM's own PS/2 microcomputers as well. Over 1700 companies licensed the architecture for varied uses in hand-helds, network equipment, controllers, and high-end computers. In 2001, Nintendo introduced the GameCube based on a custom PowerPC, code-named Gekko. The PowerPC went on to become the heart of all major game consoles in the 1990s.

This artwork includes 3 major items. It has a large image of an IBM PowerPC chip. On the back are the artist’s signature and a narrative describing the artwork and the PowerPC. The artwork includes an IBM PowerPC 601 chip. 


The artwork is framed in an 11"x14" black shadow box frame, with glass. All framing materials are acid-free. A narrative about the artwork that includes the artist’s signature is placed on the back of the artwork.

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