Apple will incorporate HyperTransport into future products, Cnet reports. Apple's director of QuickTime product marketing Frank Casanova told Macworld that we can expect "good things" at the company's forthcoming Worldwide Developers' Conference.
An open standard, HyperTransport is a high-speed circuit that sits on the system bus to help chips inside computers communicate up to 48-times faster than existing technologies do at between 6.4-12.8GBps. The technology is being employed to link the two processors within the chipset of future Macs, claimed Cnet, attributing "sources".
Apple is a founder member of the consortium behind HyperTransport development. Other member companies include AMD, API Networks, Cisco, Nvidia, PMC-Sierra, Sun Microsystems and Trasmeta.
When Apple joined the HyperTransport Consortium in 2001, Jon Rubinstein, Apple's senior vice president of hardware engineering, said: "HyperTransport represents a great technology with exciting future potential."
WWDC announcement The move to harness the technology is just one major announcement that is expected at Apple's forthcoming Worldwide Developers' Conference (WWDC), which begins June 23.
The company is also expected to disclose details of its forthcoming OS X revision, Panther. Strong speculation also suggests the company may announce plans to adopt new processors, possibly the 64-bit IBM PowerPC 970 chip, which offers a capable Front Side Bus (FSB) that could take advantage of HyperTransport's fast I/O technology, if the manufacturer adapted its chip for the technology.
Writing about IBM's processor, Microprocessor Review senior editor Tom Halfhill said: "The PowerPC 970 is clearly in a different class than existing G4+, G4 and G3 PowerPC chips. Its deeper pipelines and much faster FSB fix the most serious shortcomings of today's PowerPCs," he said. "The 970 has the fastest FSB of any processor likely to appear in 2003," he wrote.
Anticipation about this year's event is mounting, not just outside Apple. Apple's Casanova told Macworld: "We've been on a roll at Apple, with the iTunes Music Store, iSync, QuickTime 6.3. Ever since we launched our 12- and 17-inch PowerBooks right up to last week it has been a steady string of world-class product introductions. With the Music Store we set the industry expectations of what they can expect from downloadable music, and how to interact with content in this way.
"We're just absolutely thrilled inside the company, everything is going great. We can't wait for the WWDC because that's another whole area of excitement. All sorts of good news will happen at the conference," he promised.
Macworld asked: "So, people who are expecting good things at the conference will not be disappointed?"
"No, they will not be disappointed," Casanova said, firmly.