A representative of the HyperTransport Consortium, a group supported by IBM, AMD and other major tech companies, said the organization on Monday announced version 2.0 of the HyperTransport standard. The new version will be up to 75 percent faster than the original specification and will support PCI Express, an emerging high-speed standard for connecting PCs to peripherals and each other. HyperTransport 2.0 promises to dramatically increase the speed at which data can be shoveled between chips. A 32-bit processor using the new standard could exchange data at the rate of 20 gigabytes per second, compared with a maximum rate of about 12.8 gigabytes per second for the current version of HyperTransport. AMD has been the most influential supporter of HyperTransport, building support for the technology into its new Opteron and 64-bit Athlon processors.

A representative of the HyperTransport Consortium, a group supported by IBM, AMD and other major tech companies, said the organization on Monday announced version 2.0 of the HyperTransport standard. The new version will be up to 75 percent faster than the original specification and will support PCI Express, an emerging high-speed standard for connecting PCs to peripherals and each other. HyperTransport 2.0 promises to dramatically increase the speed at which data can be shoveled between chips. A 32-bit processor using the new standard could exchange data at the rate of 20 gigabytes per second, compared with a maximum rate of about 12.8 gigabytes per second for the current version of HyperTransport. AMD has been the most influential supporter of HyperTransport, building support for the technology into its new Opteron and 64-bit Athlon processors.