-AMD's HyperTransport(tm) Technology Increases Data Throughput Up to 24
Times Compared to Existing Technologies-
TAIPEI, TAIWAN-FEBRUARY 14, 2001-At Platform Conference 2001, AMD today
announced it is working with more than 100 key business partners throughout
the computer and communications industries to help drive the development and
widespread adoption of its HyperTransport(tm) technology. Industry
heavyweights Broadcom Corporation (Nasdaq: BRCM), Cisco Systems, NVIDIA and
Sun Microsystems, Inc. plan to use AMD's HyperTransport technology to
increase the performance of their future products. A HyperTransport
consortium is also planned.
HyperTransport technology, formerly code-named Lightning Data Transport
(LDT), is an innovative new technology that moves information faster. With a
peak data transfer rate of 6.4GB per second possible, HyperTransport
technology is designed to enable the chips inside of PCs, networking and
communications devices to communicate with each other up to 24 times faster
than with existing technologies.
"HyperTransport technology is designed to accelerate internal system
communications for a broad range of applications. Although initially
developed for high-performance PC and server platforms, the technology is
also gaining momentum in networking and communications devices, embedded
applications, and other non-PC devices," said Linley Gwennap, Principal
Analyst of The Linley Group. "With major industry players like Cisco and Sun
endorsing the technology and planning to integrate it into commercial
products, the future of HyperTransport looks bright."
HyperTransport is designed to reduce bottlenecks and speed the flow of data
inside of computers and the networking devices that power the Internet.
Additionally, AMD plans to use HyperTransport technology to help servers,
workstations and PCs powered by its next-generation family of processors
reach new pinnacles of performance.
"HyperTransport technology is planned to enhance overall system performance
of AMD platforms, from desktops to servers," said David W. Williams,
director of Windowsr Hardware Strategy at Microsoft. "AMD's design allows
for future I/O performance improvements and lower design costs while
maintaining compatibility with existing operating systems."
"With AMD's octane-charged HyperTransport technology, computers and
networking devices of all types can be developed to integrate new features
that were previously unavailable because of limited chip-to-chip
communication speed," said Dirk Meyer, Group Vice President of AMD's
Computation Products Group. "Today's announcement again reinforces our
commitment to drive state-of-the-art technology into the market."
"HyperTransport is the latest of several technologies AMD has driven to
market that deliver tangible performance increases compared to the
technologies they replaced. Notably, AMD spearheaded 3DNow!(tm) technology,
adapted the Alpha(tm) EV6 bus for PCs with the AMD Athlon(tm) processor, and
spurred on DDR memory technology with the introduction of our AMD-760(tm)
chipset," said Richard Heye, Vice President of AMD's Platform &
Infrastructure Engineering & Microprocessor Business Management.
"HyperTransport technology is yet another example of how AMD collaborates
with its partners in response to industry needs, promoting a new standard
for internal system communications."
Multiple products integrating support for HyperTransport technology are in
development to support desktop and notebook PCs, workstations and servers,
and Internet communication devices.
HyperTransport(tm) Technology Garners Industry Support
More than 100 companies are working with AMD to drive the development of
HyperTransport technology. An increasing number of these companies,
including Broadcom, Cisco, NVIDIA and Sun Microsystems, have licensed the
technology to design into their products.
"As a leader in the broadband communications arena, Broadcom's products take
technology into the home and office, transforming the way people live and
work. HyperTransport technology is planned to enhance the user's experience
even further, offering faster transmission for data, voice and video," said
Dan Dobberpuhl, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom's Broadband
Processor Business Unit.
"AMD's HyperTransport bus is an important new technology that aligns well
with Cisco's objective to empower the Internet generation. It will help us
bring to market a new generation of intelligent, high-performance-processor
based network solutions," said John Wakerly, Vice President and CTO of
Cisco's Enterprise Line of Business.
"Media rich PCs and game consoles will benefit from AMD's new HyperTransport
technology," said Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing at
NVIDIA. "By reducing the bottlenecks that impede the flow of data traffic
between system components, HyperTransport is designed to free audio,
communications and graphics engines to run at full throttle, providing end
users with an unmatched experience."
"Sun continually evaluates new technologies, like HyperTransport, to enable
the next level of bus performance and functionality in our workstations and
servers," said Balint Fleischer, director of architecture and technology,
Internet Desktop and Servers Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Sun is committed
to driving industry standards to bring the most advanced technologies to our
Third-party products using HyperTransport technology are planned to sample
soon from companies including Altera and NVIDIA, and AMD plans for the first
products to be commercially available later this year.
About HyperTransport(tm) Technology
HyperTransport is a new high-speed, high-performance, point-to-point link
for integrated circuits. HyperTransport provides a universal connection that
is designed to reduce the number of buses within the system, provide a
high-performance link for embedded applications, and enable highly scalable
multiprocessing systems. It was developed to enable the chips inside of PCs,
networking and communications devices to communicate with each other up to
24 times faster than with existing technologies.
Compared with existing system interconnects that provide bandwidth up to
266MB/sec, HyperTransport technology's bandwidth of 6.4GB/sec represents
better than a 20-fold increase in data throughput. HyperTransport provides
an extremely fast connection that complements externally visible bus
standards like the Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI), as well as
emerging technologies like InfiniBand. HyperTransport is the connection that
is designed to provide the bandwidth that the new InfiniBand standard
requires to communicate with memory and system components inside of
next-generation servers and devices that will power the backbone
infrastructure of the telecomm industry. HyperTransport technology is
targeted primarily at the information technology and telecomm industries,
but any application in which high speed, low latency and scalability is
necessary can potentially take advantage of HyperTransport technology.
HyperTransport technology also has a unique daisy-chainable feature, giving
the opportunity to connect multiple HyperTransport input/output bridges to a
single channel. HyperTransport technology is designed to support up to 32
devices per channel and can mix and match components with different bus
widths and speeds.
Platform Conference 2001
AMD's HyperTransport announcement is taking place today and tomorrow in
conjunction with Platform Conference 2001 at the Taipei International
Convention Center. As a co-sponsor, AMD is delivering the keynote address
and leading several technical sessions.
The Platform Conference delivers comprehensive information on new and
emerging technologies delivered first-hand by engineers and technical
experts in specialized sessions that facilitate debate and interactive
discussion. The following is a listing of AMD sponsored sessions:
9 a.m. Wednesday, February 14
Gabriele Sartori - Director, Technology Evangelism
Gabriele Sartori will discuss forthcoming processors, platforms, and
technologies that are designed to enable AMD to deliver high-performance
solutions targeted at the multiprocessor workstation and server markets.
The AMD Athlon(tm) Processor: Architectural Enhancements for Advanced
3 p.m. Wednesday, February 14 & 9 a.m. Thursday, February 15
Discussion about AMD's enhancements to its forthcoming high-performance CPU
cores. Design tradeoffs at the chip and system level will also be discussed,
along with solutions to bandwidth and latency challenges presented by dual
GHz-plus processors and the implications for system design.
4:15 p.m. Wednesday, February 14
Enabling I/O and inter-processor communications throughput satisfactory for
the demands of next generation platforms. Get a glimpse of the support and
infrastructure building within the industry for HyperTransport(tm)
4:15 p.m. Wednesday, February 14
Enumeration is one of the key advantages offered by Advanced Communication
Riser (ACR) standard. This session covers the goals of enumeration from the
motherboard and riser points of view and exemplifies the benefits of
enumeration of ACR riser to end user, OEM, and channel.
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materially from current expectations. Forward-looking statements in this
release include the risks that AMD will not be able to implement the
HyperTransport(tm) technology in a server or multiprocessor computer system
that uses AMD processors; that the HyperTransport technology will not gain
widespread industry or market acceptance; that AMD or third parties will not
develop and distribute HyperTransport technology-based products in a timely
manner, if at all; and that a HyperTransport consortium may not be formed by
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