AMD and Transmeta cooperate
The processor manufacturers AMD and Transmeta announced today that they will work together on standards for microprocessors in the future. License agreements have been signed on industry standards for future microprocessor technologies. Transmeta has licensed AMD's x86-64 technology and AMD's HyperTransport technology for Transmeta's future x86 processors and technologies.
Using HyperTransport, computers in a network can communicate with one another up to 48 times faster than with previous technologies. It was developed to enable the bandwidth required by the 10GBit Ethernet standard for communication between system components in servers. AMD's x86-64 technology is an intermediate step on the way to 64-bit processors, which is based on the existing x86 architecture. This will ensure the compatibility of 64-bit processors with 32-bit applications, so that companies can gradually convert their computer systems to 64-bit. Through the cooperation with Transmeta, AMD hopes that other companies will also recognize the potential of the x86-64 technology and establish it as the industry standard for 64-bit data processing. As a result of the wide acceptance, software would be optimized especially for this technology.