Scalable Performance

The width of the transmit and receive portion of the link (CAD signals) may be different. For example, devices that typically send most of their data to main memory (upstream) and receive limited data from the host can implement a wide path in the high performance direction and narrow path for traffic in the lesser used direction, thereby reducing cost.

The HyperTransport link combines the advantages of both serial and parallel bus architectures. HT provides options for the number of data paths implemented and for the clock rate at which data is transferred (see “Scalable Link Width and Speeds” on page 30); thus, providing scalable link performance ranging from 0.2GB/s to 12.8GB/s. This scalability is helpful to system designers. ...

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