Advanced Micro Devices
Version 3.1 of the HT specification raises the system bandwidth bar by 23% over the current 3.0 standard, but the biggest improvement comes in a new connector format. The HTX3 motherboard connector spec more than triples the total bandwidth of the old 2.0 release, taking clock speeds from 800MHz to 2.6 GHz in one giant leap. System designers also get more flexibility in how they want to divide up that data stream into several lower-speed interfaces.
Rather than boring you with gigatransfers, x16 links, and other technical mumbo jumbo, let me just tell you that this is a serious upgrade for HyperTransport-based systems. It's an instant boost for desktops and laptops built around these next-generation components, but even more of a boon to enterprise-class servers and supercomputers. Cray
The beat goes on, a jab here and an uppercut there. Never assume that AMD will wait around to eat Intel's dust -- or the other way around. And that's how great rivalries are made.
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Fool contributor Anders Bylund is an AMD shareholder, but holds no other position in any of the companies discussed here. You can check out Anders' holdings if you like, and in the interest of the fullest possible Foolish disclosure, this article was written on an old HP laptop with AMD inside.