OpenPIC


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OpenPIC

(OPEN Programmable Interrupt Controller) An SMP chip architecture endorsed by AMD and Cyrix Corporation that provides symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) for x86 and PowerPC systems. It can support up to 32 processors. See APIC.
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As part of the cooperative agreement, AMD and Cyrix will provide, free of charge, a standardized multiprocessing PIC specification to personal computer and component manufacturers who wish to design OpenPIC architecture into their systems.
The creation of the OpenPIC specification provides both advanced multiprocessing support and interrupt source expansion for advanced servers and desktop computers.
Several hardware and software support vendors are now supporting the OpenPIC specification, including OPTi, Inc.
The AMD/Cyrix OpenPIC standard meets the requirements of today's emerging high-performance symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) systems," said Clay Clatur, vice president of Phoenix Technologies' Desktop Division.
s Vice President of marketing, Steve Domenik, added, "The OpenPIC specification is a prime example of how industry participants can work together to develop standards in the best interest of both suppliers and customers.