Jumping on the HyperTransport bandwagon

A coalition of industry leaders have formed the HyperTransport Technology Consortium to support the development of AMD’s HyperTransport I/O Link specification.

A coalition of high-tech industry leaders today announced the formation of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium, a nonprofit corporation that supports the future development and adoption of AMD’s HyperTransport I/O Link specification.

AMD, API NetWorks, Apple, Cisco Systems, NVIDIA Corporation, PMC-Sierra, Sun Microsystems, and Transmeta have joined together as promoters of HyperTransport technology, and will now manage the development and evolution of the technology’s specifications.

HyperTransport interconnect technology is a new high-speed 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.

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 HyperTransport technology.

Product samples using HyperTransport are currently available, and other components are planned to be in volume production by the end of the year.

To become a member, visit the consortium Web site at www.hypertransport.org.