ppc64 is an identifier commonly used within the Linux and GCC open source software communities to refer to the target architecture for applications optimized for 64-bit PowerPC- and Power Architecture processors, frequently used when compiling source code.
ppc64le is a pure little endian mode that's been introduced with the POWER8 as the prime target for the OpenPOWER Foundation based technologies, trying to enable porting of x86 Linux based software with minimal effort.
64-bit PowerPC processors
- PowerPC 620
- RS64 Apache, RS64-II Northstar, RS64-III Pulsar/IStar, and RS64-IV SStar
- POWER3 and POWER3-II
- POWER4 and POWER4+
- PowerPC 970, PowerPC 970FX, PowerPC 970MP and PowerPC 970GX
- POWER5 and POWER5+
- PPE in Cell BE, PowerXCell 8i and Xenon.
- POWER6 and POWER6+
- POWER7 and POWER7+
- PowerPC A2 and Blue Gene/Q