The Apple-supported HyperTransport Technology Consortium gained seven new members yesterday.

New support came from PowerPC 970 (G5) processor manufacturer IBM, Texas Instruments, EMC, LTX, Media Fusion, National Semiconductor and Network Applicances.

HyperTransport is a standard for linking chips such as the CPU (central processing unit) and the memory in a system. The standard increases the speed at which data can be moved around the chip, and reduces the number of buses required to handle those links.

Apple is a charter member of the group. It uses HyperTransport in its new Power Mac G5 for significant performance enhancements.

Also a founder member of the Consortium, Advanced Micro Devices uses HyperTransport in its new Opteron server chip to integrate the memory controller and the CPU.