powerpc platform

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PowerPC Platform definition

architecture, standard
(PPCP, PReP - PowerPC Reference Platform, formerly CHRP - Common Hardware Reference Platform) An open system standard, designed by IBM, intended to ensure compatibility among PowerPC-based systems built by different companies. The PReP standard specifies the PCI bus, but will also support ISA, MicroChannel and PCMCIA.
PReP-compliant systems will be able to run the Macintosh OS, OS/2, WorkplaceOS, AIX, Solaris, Taligent and Windows NT. IBM systems will (of course) be PReP-compliant. Apple's first PowerPC Macintoshes will not be compliant, but future ones may be.
IBM info (http://fnctsrv0.chips.ibm.com/products/ppc/L3ppcp.html).
(http://billboard.emedia.com.au/chipster/computers/CHRP/whatsCHRP.html).
[Current OS statuses?]
(1997-03-23)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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