Seven companies have added their names to the list of backers of the HyperTransport interconnect standard, a standard for linking chips such as the CPU (central processing unit) and the memory in a system.
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IBM, Texas Instruments and EMC signed up, as well as LTX, Media Fusion, National Semiconductor, and Network Appliance.
The standard also increases the speed at which data can be moved around the chip, and reduces the number of buses required to handle those links.
Advanced Micro Devices, a founding member of the consortium, uses HyperTransport in its Opteron server chip to integrate the memory controller and the CPU. The technology has been credited by analysts and reviewers as one of the main factors behind Opteron's competitive performance.
Apple Computer also a charter member, used HyperTransport in its PowerMac G5, which uses IBM's new PowerPC 970 chip.
Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service