Broadcom has teamed up with AMD to develop server chipsets for AMD's Opteron processor architecture.
The firms will pool their development resources in areas including high-performance system input/output (I/O), storage management and microprocessor technologies.
Broadcom and AMD explained that they are aiming to maximise I/O bandwidth and offer greater reliability in the forthcoming chipset, which will be targeted at original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
"This relationship gives AMD a highly credible server I/O partner and further enables our shared customers to reap the benefits of the AMD Opteron processor with Direct Connect architecture," said Ben Williams, vice president of enterprise and server/workstation business at AMD, in a statement.
Gary Thomas, vice president and general manager of Broadcom's ServerWorks subsidiary, added: "Broadcom and ServerWorks have a long and proven record of providing leading technology to the server market."
Server OEM Sun Microsystems welcomed the deal. "The Broadcom/AMD partnership is a critical aspect of the Opteron processor ecosystem that Sun is helping to develop," said John Fowler, executive vice president of network systems at Sun, in a statement.
Broadcom's initial server I/O chipsets for use with the AMD Opteron processor platform are expected to be available this autumn.
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