This article describes target-specific details about Power ISA in ELF linkers. Initially there was IBM POWER. The 1991 Apple–IBM–Motorola alliance created PowerPC. In 2006, the architecture was rebranded as Power ISA. According to the ISA manual, "In 2006, Freescale and IBM collaborated on the creation of the Power ISA Version 2.03, which represented the reunification of the architecture by combining Book E content with the more general purpose PowerPC Version 2.02."
The terms "PowerPC" and "powerpc" remain popular in numerous places,
powerpc64-*-*-* in official target triple names. The
abbreviation "PPC" ("ppc") is used in numerous places as well. For
simplicity, I will refer to the 32-bit architecture as "PPC32" and the
64-bit architecture as "PPC64".
We will see how the lack of PC-relative addressing before Power10 has caused great complexity to the ABI and linkers.