AMD pushes HyperTransport consortium

The HyperTransport Technology Consortium expects another 30 members to join its ranks by the end of the year, bringing the total number of participants to over 70, said Gabriele Sartori, president of the consortium and "technology evangelism" director for Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD).

Speaking at the CeBIT trade show in Hanover, Germany, on Thursday, Sartori said the consortium had 30 new members already "in the pipeline," but signing up generally takes several months because of the royalty-free rules of the consortium. "Their lawyers take a while to go through all the rules and make sure it won't affect their business prospects," he said.

Hyper Transport is a high-speed point-to-point I/O (input/output) link for integrated circuits that cuts the number of buses in a system to speed up operations and allow for more scalable processing. It is designed to permit chips from different vendors to work together without compatibility problems and will let OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) differentiate their products more easily than they can with current proprietary chipset offerings, Sartori said.

Sunnyvale, California-based AMD has been working on Hyper Transport since 1997 and set up the consortium in 2001, along with seven other industry companies, to push the technology. It now has 42 members, Sartori said.

A technical working group has been established to push the technology forward, and a marketing group to promote the adoption of Hyper Transport as a free interconnect standard. Three levels of membership allow companies to join as "promoters," "contributors" and "adopters." Adopters pay a small membership fee yet still have access to the full technology, allowing smaller companies to sign up and use the technology, Sartori said.

Intel Corp. has not joined the consortium and is pushing its own chip-to-chip interconnection technology called 3GIO, but AMD has registered its support for 3GIO (third-generation I/O), seeing the two as complementary rather than rival technologies, it said on its Web site.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Gillian Law

PC World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Shining a light on creativity

MSI has long pushed the boundaries of invention with its ever-evolving range of laptops but it has now pulled off a world first with the new MSI Creative 17.

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?