LAS VEGAS-- API NetWorks Inc. today announced it has licensed HyperTransport technology to PMC-Sierra Inc., which will integrate the high-speed, chip-interconnect bus technology in new RISC processors for servers and communications systems.
The HyperTransport technology was launched earlier this year by Advanced Micro Devices Inc., which is promoting the bus as a chip-to-chip link that's up to 24 times faster than existing technologies. Concord, Mass.-based API--one of the early proponents of HyperTransport--is licensing its version of the technology to other chip suppliers.
PMC-Sierra said it has implemented the first HyperTransport links in a 1-GHz RM9000x2 dual central processing unit IC, which is based on a RISC processor architecture from MIPS Technologies Inc. The RM9000x2 uses 500-MHz HyperTransport host links to support performance requirements of high-speed products, such as edge routers, core routers and enterprise servers, said Tom Riordan, vice president and general manager PMC-Sierra's MIPS Processor Division.
Terms of the licensing pact were not released by the two companies, which announced the agreement during the Comdex fall computer conference in Las Vegas.