Press release: AMD ANNOUNCES THE WORLD'S FIRST HYPERTRANSPORT(tm) IMPLEMENTATION - NVIDIA'S nFORCE CHIPSET
Date : 2001-06-04
SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA-JUNE 4, 2001-AMD today announced that NVIDIA has
incorporated AMD\'s HyperTransportTM data bus technology into its new nForce
platform processing architecture, becoming the first chipset to incorporate
AMD\'s innovative data bus technology.
More than 150 companies are working with AMD to drive the development of
HyperTransport technology. NVIDIA is yet another example of an industry
heavyweight implementing AMD\'s HyperTransport technology to help increase
the performance of its products.
AMD\'s HyperTransport is an innovative technology that enables the computer
chips inside a vast range of different types of systems to communicate with
each other faster compared with existing technologies. In NVIDIA\'s case, the
HyperTransport technology is designed to deliver up to a six-fold increase
in bandwidth between the nForce Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP) and
nForce Media and Communications Processor (MCP).
The NVIDIA nForce platform processing architecture combines NVIDIA\'s award
winning graphics with the industry\'s first implementation of the new Dolby
Digital Interactive Content Encoder, a breakthrough technology built in the
MCP that dynamically encodes multi-channel audio into Dolby Digital 5.1 in
"NVIDIA\'s incorporation of AMD\'s HyperTransport technology is critical in
our quest to deliver unmatched system performance," said Dan Vivoli, vice
president of marketing at NVIDIA. "Today\'s PC applications are increasingly
complex with advanced 3D graphics, high-speed networking, streaming video,
and cinematic 3D audio. In fact, the bandwidth supplied by HyperTransport
allowed us to implement full Dolby Digital 5.1 3D audio processing and
broadband networking in the MCP, something no other current technology
allowed us to do."
Both AMD and NVIDIA have supported Double Data Rate (DDR) memory for PCs and
video cards. The NVIDIA nForce platform processing architecture includes a
128-bit memory interface that is designed to double the peak data throughput
over today\'s PC2100 DDR systems to 4.2GBytes per second, which is 33% more
than dual channel RAMBUS PentiumŪ 4 systems.
"Coupled with the AMD Athlon processor and DDR memory, NVIDIA\'s newest
chipset solution provides performance, mainstream and entry solutions for
x86 PCs that will continue to deliver on the AMD Athlon promise to give you
the ultimate computing experience," said Richard Heye, Vice President,
Platform Engineering & Infrastructure of AMD\'s Computation Products Group.
"This is yet another example of AMD pushing new and customer beneficial
technologies into the market."
About HyperTransport(tm) Technology
HyperTransportTM technology 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 designed to enable
the chips inside of PCs, networking and communications devices to
communicate with each other up to 48 times faster than with existing
Compared with existing system interconnects that provide bandwidth up to
266MB/sec, HyperTransport technology\'s potential peak bandwidth of
12.8GB/sec represents better than a 40-fold increase in data throughput.
HyperTransport technology 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 technology 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 may power the
backbone infrastructure of the telecom industry. HyperTransport technology
is targeted primarily at the information technology and telecom 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.
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, a Fortune 500 and
Standard & Poor\'s 500 company, 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).