Power.org was an organization whose purpose was to develop, enable and promote Power Architecture technology. Its objective was to establish open standards, guidelines, best practices and certifications for Power Architecture, and to drive adoption of the platform.
Power.org was founded in 2004 by IBM, and 15 other companies joined as members the day the group's website was created. Freescale (later bought by NXP Semiconductors) joined in 2006 as an honorary founding member and was given similar status as IBM. Power.org had over 40 paying members, corporations, governmental and educational institutions, and over 10,000 developers.
Power.org is founded (Dec 2004) – The Power.org site is opened.
Freescale joins (Feb 2006) – Freescale joins Power.org.
The brand – (July 2006) Establishing "Power Architecture" as a brand, unifying products based on POWER, PowerPC, PowerQUICC and Cell under one common flag.
Power ISA (Nov 2006) – The unified instruction set for Power Architecture processors, joining 15 years of development on POWER and PowerPC architectures.
Power Architecture Platform Reference or PAPR (Nov 2006) – The foundation for development of standard Power Architecture computers running the Linux operating system.
Power Architecture Developer Conference (Sept 2007)
Released the Common Debug API Specification (Dec 2008)
Released the ePAPR specification (Dec 2008) – A specification for embedded systems.
Power.org consisted of a Board of Directors which consists of founding members and others. Several committees and subcommittees governed and managed the organization's goals, projects and responsibilities. Members had no veto rights in the decision processes of what defined the Power ISA: this was IBM's and Freescale's responsibility.
Power.org had a tiered membership model, with four levels: Founder, Sponsor, Participant, Associate and Developer. Developer membership was free of charge. Members included:
Power.org introduced and promoted Power Architecture
during the time it was active. Power Architecture was a marketing term that was used to collectively refer to any specification, hardware, and software related to the POWER, PowerPC
, and Power ISA