A computer-code translator designed to break the software language barriers between different computer chips was demonstrated yesterday at the Embedded Processor Forum.

Developed by Transitive Technologies the translator – called Dynamite – makes it easier for one platform to understand software written for another, claims New Scientist. Dynamite can also be configured to run on most types of computer processor.

The solution means that porting software written for x86 processors to PowerPC chips should require less developmental time, as the code will not need to be rewritten. Dynamite will translate the software to fit the needs of different chips.

New Scientist points out that translation engines usually slow performance. However, Transitive Technologies claims Dynamite has been designed to compensate for this by recognizing and reusing common commands, speeding up the translation.

If the company's claims prove true, it could open the borders between architectures. If Apple choose to license the solution, it would theoretically make it possible for G4 processors to run older applications - or for x86-based computers to run Mac OS X.