Alliance Semiconductor Corp., based in Santa Clara, is introducing HyperTransport-to-PCI-X bridge chip. The AS90L10204 is optimized for computer applications with high throughput, including workstations, computer servers, server blades, and desktop PCs.
The AS90L10204 is intended to work with AMD's Opteron and Athlon families of X86-microprocessors, as well as with Transmeta's Efficeon microprocessor. The AS90L10204, microprocessor and South Bridge, create a three-piece chipset that interfaces the HyperTransport interface from the Opteron, Athlon or Efficeon microprocessors to the PCI-X bus.
This enables system manufacturers to utilize an existing infrastructure of peripherals and system components based on PCI-X, such as Network Interface Cards (NICs), RAID Controllers, Host Bus Adaptors (HBA) and others.
The AS90L10204 supports two 8-bit HyperTransport interfaces that provide 1.6 GB per second of bandwidth in each direction and a single 64-bit, 133-MHz PCI-X bus which enables the connectivity to a variety of PCI-X based peripherals and add-on cards.
The AS90L10204 is currently sampling along with a complete suite of reference design and software drivers.
Alliance's promotional material identifies the company as a leading provider of analog and mixed signal products, high-performance memory products and systems solutions for the communications, computing, embedded, industrial and consumer markets. Founded in 1985, the claims proprietary advances in Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) reduction, power management and timing technology, HyperTransport I/O connectivity and specialized memory solutions for next-generation applications. More information is available from the company's website.