AMD Announces the World's First HyperTransport Implementation - NVIDIA'S nForce Chipset
NVIDIA'S nForce Chipset
SUNNYVALE, CA --
AMD today announced that NVIDIA has incorporated AMD's HyperTransport™ 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 real-time.
"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 Pentium® 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™ Technology
HyperTransport 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 technologies.
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.
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