AMD Executive Elected President of the
HyperTransport™ Technology Consortium
Sunnyvale, CA --
The HyperTransport™ Technology Consortium, a nonprofit industry organization that manages and promotes low-latency HyperTransport technology, today announced the election of David Rich, Director of Business Development and Support, Boston Design Center at AMD, as President of the Consortium, reporting to the Consortium’s Board of Directors. Mr. Rich succeeds Gabriele Sartori, Vice President of Marketing at Luxtera, Inc., whose term as President of the Consortium ended in December 2004. The HyperTransport Consortium also elected Brian Holden, Principal Engineer at the Microprocessor Products Division of PMC-Sierra, Inc. as Vice President of the Consortium.
“As one of the active participants in the founding of this organization in 2001, it has been gratifying to witness the significant growth of HyperTransport technology in the rate of adoption and number of applications throughout the electronics industry,” said David Rich. “I look forward to working with the rest of the Consortium’s executive team and the opportunity to expand the positive momentum of HyperTransport as an industry-leading interconnect technology.”
“I am pleased and excited with the Consortium’s election of David Rich as its new president,” said Gabriele Sartori. “David has extensive market and industry knowledge that can do great things for the Consortium. He is a long-time believer and supporter of HyperTransport technology and his companies have been among the early developers and adopters of HyperTransport. At this stage in its evolution, the Consortium could not have a better President.”
“Executive roles and vision by industry leaders such as founding members AMD and PMC-Sierra strengthen our market mission and contribute to keep the Consortium a vibrant industry leader,” notes Mario Cavalli, General Manager of the Consortium. “The Consortium extends its deep gratitude and appreciation to Gabriele Sartori for his relentless drive and leadership role in advancing and evangelizing HyperTransport technology throughout the industry. We are happy to have David Rich as part of our team.”
In his current role at AMD, Mr. Rich is responsible for leading AMD's technical support of customers and developing new business areas for AMD64 technology-based products. AMD64 processors with Direct Connect Architecture utilize HyperTransport technology to directly connect the memory controller and I/O to the processor, while reducing the bottlenecks inherent in a front-side bus architecture.
Mr. Rich has a strong professional background in developing emerging markets. Prior to joining AMD in 2002, he was general manager and vice president of marketing at API NetWorks, Inc., which worked with AMD during the development of HyperTransport technology. He has also held executive sales and marketing positions with Fujitsu System Technologies, Dolphin Interconnect Solutions, and BBN, among others and holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brown University.
Brian Holden, in addition to his new role as Vice President of the Consortium, has been the long-time Chair of the Consortium’s Technical Working Group where he manages all technical developments related to HyperTransport technology. At PMC-Sierra, he is a Principal Engineer and does work in architecture and standards. Mr. Holden has worked in the communications industry for 23 years, serving as the CTO of Integrated Telecom Technologies, Inc., the CEO of Network Synthesis, Inc., and as a Manager and Co-Founder of StrataCom, Inc. He has worked in many standards efforts over the years and holds 17 U.S. patents, including StrataCom’s original patents. He contributed to the architecture and development of many leading products, including the NSI/IgT/PMC AAl1gator and the StrataCom IPX. Mr. Holden has an MBA with graduate studies in Computer Science from Cornell University and a BSEE with highest honors from U.C. Davis.
The HyperTransport Consortium holds elections once a year for the roles of President and Vice President of the Consortium and maintains a leadership structure that encompasses a wide variety of member companies.
About HyperTransport™ Technology
HyperTransport chip-to-chip interconnect technology is a highly optimized, high-performance and low-latency board-level architecture for embedded and open-architecture systems. It provides up to 22.4 Gigabyte/second aggregate CPU to I/O or CPU to CPU bandwidth in a highly efficient chip-to-chip technology that replaces existing complex multi-level buses. In addition to delivering the industry’s highest bandwidth, frequency scalability, and lowest implementation cost, the technology is software-compatible with legacy Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI), PCI-X and PCI Express technologies. HyperTransport technology delivers state-of the-art bandwidth by means of easy-to-implement Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) point-to-point links, delivering increased data throughput while minimizing signal crosstalk and EMI. It employs a packet-based data protocol to eliminate many sideband (control and command) signals and supports asymmetric, variable width data paths.
HyperTransport technology is already deployed in millions of devices used in market leading systems such as Microsoft’s Xbox, Apple’s Power Mac G5 workstations, Cisco’s routers, Apple, IBM’s, HP’s and Sun Microsystems’s servers, HP’s blade PCs, HP’s and Sharp notebooks, Cray’s and IBM supercomputers, and all PCs, servers and cluster workstations based on the AMD Athlon™ 64 and AMD Opteron™ processors, and Transmeta’s Efficeon processors. 2003 industry estimates from market analyst firm IDC projected 30 million HyperTransport port shipments in 2003, rising to over 200 million ports shipped in 2006.
HyperTransport technology is embedded in multiple CPU families from AMD, Broadcom, IBM, PMC-Sierra and Transmeta and it has established a significant presence in a number of key industry sectors. It is licensed on a royalty-free basis by the HyperTransport Technology Consortium. A list of other HyperTransport technology-based products and HyperTransport Consortium’s member companies can be found at www.hypertransport.org/products/.
About the HyperTransport™ Technology Consortium
The HyperTransport Technology Consortium is a membership-based, non-profit organization in charge of managing and promoting HyperTransport Technology. It consists of over 40 member companies, including founding members Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Alliance Semiconductor, Apple Computer, Broadcom Corporation, Cisco Systems, NVIDIA, PMC-Sierra, Sun Microsystems, and Transmeta. Membership is open to any company interested in licensing the HyperTransport technology. It is based on a minimal yearly fee and includes the right to royalty-free use of HyperTransport technology and Intellectual Property. More information can be obtained at HyperTransport Technology Consortium’s website at www.hypertransport.org/
Consortium members have access to HyperTransport technical documents database, they may attend Consortium meetings and events and may benefit from a variety of technical and marketing services, including the newly revamped, member-driven Web portal, offered by the Consortium free of charge to member companies. To learn more about member benefits and on how to become a Consortium member, visit the Consortium Web site at www.hypertransport.org/consortium/cons_join.cfm
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