IBM Power8 will be Open Hardware
The upcoming Power8 CPUs and motherboards from IBM will make a departure from past designs as the Power8 will have an open design. The terms of the OpenPower program sound similar to that of ARM processors, with third parties able to license the Power8 technology to create their own designs. The OpenPower program features several big names in technology including Google and Tyan, with the latter announcing a reference design motherboard for server systems. The Power8 design is based on a 12 core processor with eight threads per core, allowing up to 96 processes to run simultaneously. The 22nm chips will be available in June and will run at frequencies of 2.5-5GHz.
Source: Information Week