Outlines Technology Strategy to Bring I/O Interconnect to Market
Concord, MA, February 14, 2001-API NetWorks, developers of high-performance hardware technologies, today announced its support of AMD's HyperTransport_ technology and its strategy to bring this technology to market. As a major contributor to the development of HyperTransport and the first company to have the technology in silicon, API NetWorks will continue to license its intellectual property to and work with industry leaders developing next-generation networking and computing equipment based on HyperTransport to meet the communications demands of the future. In addition, API NetWorks will work closely with AMD to promote the technology in its move toward an industry standard.
As part of its strategy, API NetWorks will introduce later this year the industry's first chip level products based on HyperTransport technology, which are expected to boost the performance and bandwidth of PCs, workstations, servers, Internet routers, optical switches, enterprise networks, central office equipment, cellular base stations, among other devices. Announced by AMD today, HyperTransport, formerly known as Lightning Data Transport (LDT), is an innovative new technology that 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.
"As a contributor of HyperTransport technology, API NetWorks and AMD plan to educate the market on the need for and benefits of this scalable bus technology and to promote HyperTransport toward an industry standard," said Gabriele Sartori, director of technology evangelism, AMD. "We believe there is a real need in the marketplace for this type of technology to boost the performance of next-generation computing equipment. We support API NetWorks' proliferation of HyperTransport technology in its licensing of enabling technology and development of chip level products for these next-generation networking and computing products."
To support this new engineering focus on HyperTransport, API NetWorks also announced the appointment of David Rich to general manager of HyperTransport product development. Rich has extensive experience in the embedded electronics industry, holding previous executive-level positions at Fujitsu System Technologies and Dolphin Interconnection Solutions.
"There exists today an insatiable appetite for the most advanced communications equipment and devices. The bandwidth and flexibility critical for today's and tomorrow's networking and computing platforms did not exist before the development of HyperTransport," said Rich. "Understanding the limitations of the PCI bus, we teamed with AMD in 1998 to develop this high-bandwidth, low complexity embedded I/O architecture. By providing a simple high-speed point-to-point system transport, this technology will revolutionize how system architects approach new communications equipment designs."
Additional information about API NetWorks' HyperTransport product development is available at www.api-networks.com/silicon.
About HyperTransport_ Technology
HyperTransport is a new high speed, high performance point-to-point link for integrated circuits. HyperTransport provides a universal connection that reduces the number of buses within the system, provides a high-performance link for embedded applications and enables highly scalable multiprocessing systems. It enables 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 (PCI 32-bit 66MHZ), HyperTransport's bandwidth of 6.4GB/sec represents better than a 20-fold increase in performance. 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 provides 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 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.
HyperTransport also has a unique daisy-chainable feature, giving the opportunity to connect multiple HyperTransport input/output bridges to a single channel. HyperTransport supports up to 32 devices per channel and can mix and match components with different bus widths and speeds.
About API NetWorks, Inc.
API NetWorks, Inc. (formerly Alpha Processor, Inc.), a private company based in Concord, Massachusetts funded by Samsung Electronics Co., LTD. and Compaq Computer Corp, addresses the demand for bandwidth and time-to-market requirements in the electronics industry. API NetWorks' high-performance, high-density component technologies are ideal for markets such as network infrastructure, telecommunications, PCs, workstations, servers, among others. API NetWorks also leads the development of high-performance, high-density server and component technologies ideal for today's high-performance computing (HPC) and Internet markets. Additional information about API NetWorks and its complete product line can be accessed on the World Wide Web at www.api-networks.com.
AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked
computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD produces microprocessors, flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $4.6 billion in 2000. (NYSE: AMD).
AMD, the AMD logo, and combinations thereof, and HyperTransport are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.