SAN JOSE -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today officially kicked off its expected consortium to support the company's HyperTransport I/O Link, which is aimed at competing with Intel Corp.'s 64-bit microprocessor system bus architecture while delivering up to 12.8 gigabytes-per-second transfer rates inside systems.
In the works for months, the HyperTransport Technology Consortium consists of AMD, API Networks, Apple, Cisco, Nvidia, PMC-Sierra, Sun Microsystems, and Transmeta.
According to AMD, this group will now manage the development and evolution of the technology's specifications. Most of the consortium members have publicly announced support of the HyperTransport technology since the launch of the bus format five months ago (see Feb. 14 story).HyperTransport is intended to be a point-to-point solution that will enable processors in PCs, networking and communications devices to talk with each other 24 times faster than with current technologies.
AMD said it has worked with more than 180 companies to develop the HyperTransport technology.
"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, who was recently elected president of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium.