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Dell Inc., one of the major makers of personal computers, Wednesday announced that it had joined the HyperTransport technology consortium to “leverage” technology which development has been backed by Advanced Micro Devices, the company, partnership with which the official Dell considered impossible just over a year ago.

But now Dell has joined the consortium as “a high-level member” and will use the HyperTransport technology in a number of its powerful server and desktop product lines, according to a statement by the consortium.

For some reason, the consortium does not disclose whether Dell has become a “promoter”, a “contributor” or an “adopter”, different types of members who have different rights and abilities. For example, HT promoters can participate in defining the future of HyperTransport, while adopters only can use the HyperTransport technology implementations without special fees. Even if Dell has joined the consortium as an adopter, it means that the company is looking forward to use more processors by AMD and do not pay special fees.

“Our enterprise customers expect standards-based solutions that deliver top performance and processor scalability, combined with optimized cost of ownership,” said Kevin Kettler, chief technology officer, Dell. “By incorporating HyperTransport technology in many of our industry-leading server and desktop products, we continue to deliver innovative systems that meet customers’ requirements for high performance and scalable configurations.”

“The HyperTransport 3.0 specification and the high-performance HTX slot interface standards have sparked the influx of several new commercial and academic members,” said Mario Cavalli, general manager of the HyperTransport Consortium. “Dell’s high-level consortium membership extends the already significant roster of top-tier system manufacturers that have contributed to both shaping and reaping the rewards of our leading interconnect technology.”


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