Open Sourced BIOS Helps Power8 Compete With X86

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IBM is deadly serious about fostering an open ecosystem around the Power8 processor and its follow-ons, and has taken the next step in advancing its OpenPower cause by open sourcing the microcode that manages the boot sequence on the Power8 chips.

This may sound like a small thing, but it has important ramifications for IBM and the OpenPower Foundation partners who are making motherboards based on the Power8 processor.