The HTC was founded to develop, promote and manage specifications of the HyperTransport I/O link technology. Apple sits on the executive committee of the consortium, along with AMD, API NetWorks, Cisco Systems, Nvidia, PMC-Sierra, SGI, Sun Microsystems and Transmeta.
HyperTransport is a high-speed, high-performance point-to-point link for integrated circuits. It provides a universal connection between such circuits, and has been designed to reduce the number of buses within a system, which means better system performance.
The technology is good for both embedded and non-embedded systems (such as Macs) - and lets processors within such systems communicate together up to 48 times faster than existing technologies.
A consortium statement claims that
HyperTransport also "enables system designers to develop complex, high-performance, scaleable networking topologies through switching technology, while maintaining and improving the scaleability and performance of their existing legacy PCI infrastructures".
The new additions to the consortium cover the gamut of both embedded and non-embedded solutions-providers from across many markets. The new members are: Acer Laboratories, Altera, AMCC, Fast-Chip, Flow Engines, GDA Technologies, Josipa Company, LEDA Systems, Marvell Semiconductor, Nokia, Spinnaker Networks, Teradyne, Xilinx and 0-In Design Automation.
"Since the formation and launch of the HTC in July of this year, we have been determined to work with companies that are extending HyperTransport technology to next-generation applications, and the newest members of the consortium are doing just that," said Gabriele Sartori, president of the consortium.
Early, unattributed reports suggest Apple has already implemented HyperTransport in pre-release developer builds of desktop Power Macs. A total of 500 such machines are reputed to be undergoing testing with Apple's main developers at this time.