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HyperTransport Technology Port Shipments To Exceed 200 Million Ports by 2006, According to Industry Research Firm
        




The HyperTransport Technology Consortium, the nonprofit industry organization that manages the HyperTransport technology specification, today announced that according to a new study from research analyst firm IDC, the worldwide port count for the HyperTransport technology is expected to exceed 30 million ports in 2003, with growth expected to climb to over 200 million ports by 2006. HyperTransport technology is licensed on a royalty-free basis through the HyperTransport Technology Consortium. It is a universal chip-to-chip I/O technology that provides high bandwidth, low-cost and flexible implementations and software compatibility with legacy PCI I/O technology.

"In 2003, HyperTransport technology has clearly established itself in multiple high-volume markets and appears to be well-supported with shipping silicon and infrastructure products by major players in the personal computer, networking, server, communications, embedded systems and consumer market segments," states Vernon Turner, IDC Group Vice President, Global Enterprise Server Solutions. "Aggregate HyperTransport port shipments are expected to grow rapidly from over 30 million ports in 2003 to over 200 million ports in 2006."

"This new milestone illustrates the widespread adoption of HyperTransport technology and our Consortium and industry research shows that HyperTransport is the next emerging I/O standard expected to reach critical mass in the marketplace," states Gabriele Sartori, President of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium. "HyperTransport technology-enabled devices can now be found in systems of all types - from low-cost consumer products to high performance supercomputers."

The IDC study was conducted over the past 6 months and included interviews with both consortium members and non-members in a number of market segments. Among its findings were the uncovering of a wide ecosystem of HyperTransport enabled products and tools from Consortium members including high-speed analyzers, test equipment, compatibility platforms, IP blocks for ASIC and SOC devices and FPGAs, processors, graphics engines and bridges.

With over 40 HyperTransport technology-based products and services already announced and the specificationís preservation of software investments that already exist with the Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) today, HyperTransport technology has established a significant footprint in a number of key market segments. The HyperTransport product portfolio includes tunnel, bridge, graphic and switch chips from ALi, AMD, NVIDIA, PLX Technology, Alliance Semiconductor, and VIA Technologies; programmable-logic devices from Altera and Xilinx; processors and security processors from AMD, Broadcom, Cavium, Hifn, PMC-Sierra, and Transmeta; BIOS software from AMI and Phoenix Technologies; verification and test tools from 0-In Design Automation, FuturePlus, GDA Technologies, Teradyne, TransEDA, and Schlumberger; and training courses from Mindshare.

About HyperTransport Technology HyperTransport universal chip-to-chip interconnect technology replaces and improves upon existing multilevel buses used in systems such as personal computers, servers and embedded systems while maintaining software compatibility with PCI I/O technologies.  HyperTransport technology delivers a maximum 12.8 GB/second aggregate bandwidth using easy to manufacture dual, unidirectional point-to-point links. Enhanced 1.2V low-power LVDS signaling and dual-data rate data transfers deliver increased data throughput while minimizing signal crosstalk and EMI. HyperTransport interconnect technology employs a packet-based data protocol to eliminate many sideband signals (control and command signals) and supports asymmetric, variable width data paths.