- Consortium Founders Drive Development, Manage Specifications of
HyperTransport(tm) Technology -
- HyperTransport Technology Designed to Increase Performance of Network,
and High-Performance Compute Devices -
SAN JOSE, CA-JULY 24, 2001-A coalition of high-tech industry leaders today
announced the formation of the HyperTransport(tm) Technology Consortium, a
nonprofit corporation that supports the future development and adoption of
AMD's HyperTransport I/O Link specification.
Technology leaders AMD (NYSE: AMD), API NetWorks, Inc., Apple®, Cisco
Systems, NVIDIA Corporation, PMC-Sierra (NASDAQ: PMCS), Sun Microsystems,
Inc., and Transmeta have joined together as promoters of HyperTransport
technology, and will now manage the development and evolution of the
technology's specifications. More than 180 companies throughout the computer
and communications industries have been engaged with AMD in working with the
HyperTransport technology is an innovative solution that enables the chips
inside of high-performance compute devices, and networking and
communications devices - such as those that power the Internet - to
communicate with each other up to 24 times faster compared with existing
"The consortium represents the commitment of its members to develop
industry-wide adoption of HyperTransport technology, and to drive this
state-of-the-art technology into the market," said Gabriele Sartori, newly
elected president of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium.
"HyperTransport technology is a popular new chip-to-chip communications
technology that is endorsed by major industry players. It is designed to
provide a smooth transition from existing technologies and to support the
necessary scalability and bandwidth for future product innovations."
The consortium was formed to promote the adoption and deployment of
HyperTransport technology, manage and refine its specifications, and
proliferate an infrastructure of test and verification tools to speed up
market delivery of devices enabled with this technology. Product samples
using HyperTransport are currently available, and other components are
planned to be in volume production by the end of the year.
"The HyperTransport Technology Consortium is a good example of collaboration
between AMD and its partners responding to industry needs, and promoting a
new standard for improving overall system performance," said Richard Heye,
vice president of AMD's Platform & Infrastructure Engineering &
Microprocessor Business Management.
"As a major contributor to the development of HyperTransport technology, API
NetWorks was the first company to have HyperTransport technology in silicon,
and recently introduced the industry's first HyperTransport-to-PCI bridge
chip, the AP1011. This announcement marks a significant milestone for the
industry and its lead promoters, as we deliver on the promise of
HyperTransport technology-based products today and address the bandwidth and
performance issues of the future," said David Rich, API NetWorks' general
manager of HyperTransport product development.
"Apple is delighted to participate as one of the leaders in the
HyperTransport Technology Consortium," said Jon Rubinstein, Apple's senior
vice president of Hardware Engineering. "HyperTransport represents a great
technology with exciting future potential."
"By participating as a promoter of HyperTransport Technology
Consortium, Cisco Systems expects to play a leading role in bringing to
market a new generation of intelligent, high-performance, processor-based
networks," said John Wakerly, vice president and CTO for Cisco's Enterprise
Line of Business.
"NVIDIA was one of the first to incorporate HyperTransport technology into
the market with the introduction of its new nForce platform processing
architecture. As founding members of the consortium, we are committed to
continue utilizing HyperTransport technology," said Dan Vivoli, vice
president of marketing at NVIDIA.
"As the leading supplier of high performance MIPS processors for networking,
PMC-Sierra has incorporated HyperTransport technology into our RM9000x2
Gigahertz multiprocessor to offer higher inter-connect bandwidth," said Tom
Riordan, vice president and general manager, MIPS Processor Division for PMC
"Sun is committed to driving open standards and delivering the most advanced
technologies to our customers. HyperTransport technology will represent the
next level of bus performance and functionality for workstations and
servers. Sun is delighted to be a leader in the HyperTransport Technology
Consortium," said Pete Rado, vice president of Engineering, Volume System
Products, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
"Transmeta believes that HyperTransport technology is the right choice for
the next generation of lower power PCs, networking and communications
devices. By joining the leaders in the HyperTransport Technology
Consortium, and cooperating together on this exciting new technology,
customers will be the winners," added Doug Laird, executive vice president
of product development of Transmeta.
For more information about joining or participating in the HyperTransport
Technology Consortium, please fill out the membership application available
online at the following Web link: www.hypertransport.org.
Platform Conference 2001
The HyperTransport Technology Consortium announcement coincides with
Platform Conference 2001, which is taking place July 24-25, 2001, at the San
Jose Convention Center. As a co-sponsor, AMD will deliver the keynote
address and join several HyperTransport partners in technical sessions at
Platform Conference 2001 introduces comprehensive information on new and
emerging technologies delivered firsthand by engineers and technical experts
in specialized sessions that facilitate debate and interactive discussion.
For more information on the sessions, please go to the Platform Conference
2001 Web site.: www.platformconference.com.
About HyperTransport(tm) technology
HyperTransport interconnect technology is a new high-speed,
high-performance, point-to-point link for integrated circuits, developed to
enable the chips inside of high-performance compute devices, networking and
communications devices to communicate with each other faster than with
existing technologies. HyperTransport technology's bandwidth of 12.8GB/sec
represents up to a 48-fold increase in data throughput, compared with
existing system interconnects that typically provide bandwidth up to
266MB/sec. HyperTransport complements externally visible bus standards like
the Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI), as well as emerging
technologies like InfiniBand and 10Gb Ethernet.
About the HyperTransport Technology Consortium
The HyperTransport Technology Consortium is a nonprofit corporation
controlled by its members. The consortium promotes the common business
interests of providers to the networking, telecommunications, computer and
high-performance embedded applications through the conduct of a forum for
the future development and adoption of the HyperTransport specification.
AMD, API NetWorks, Apple Computers, Cisco Systems, NVIDIA, PMC-Sierra, Sun
Microsystems, and Transmeta are the charter members that comprise the
Executive Committee of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium.
Companies interested in the HyperTransport specification are invited to join
the consortium. Members of the consortium have access to technical
specifications and may attend consortium meetings.
Companies can apply to become members of the HyperTransport Technology
Consortium at one of two membership levels, Contributors or Adopters, based
on how actively they choose to participate in various technical and
To become a member, visit the consortium Web site at www.hypertransport.org.
Please review the Bylaws of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium, and
complete the online membership application.
AMD is a trademark of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. HyperTransport is a
trademark of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium.