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Sharky Extreme: Transmeta Crusoe Preview At Platform 2000

Feb 03, 2000, 18:56 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Simon)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"We've been asked by our readers to give our thoughts about the Crusoe, but until recently, we had no direct experience. At this year's Platform 2000, we took a good long look at the Crusoe, watched presentations by Transmeta engineers and asked plenty of questions. Here's what we think so far...."

"Both versions of the Crusoe take up very little silicon and are therefore relatively cheap to produce. The market of the TM3120 doesn't need an L2 cache since it's not a speed-oriented market. The market of the TM5400 is very speed conscious and the large on-chip L1 and L2 cache will help keep the speed acceptable...."

"According to Transmeta, approximately 3/4 of the Crusoe is software and 1/4 is hardware. By having the x86 instruction set in software, Transmeta was able to design a streamlined, small, low-power, low-heat CPU. They didn't have to waste space on power hungry and heat producing gates for complex work-arounds needed to increase CPU speed while keeping backwards compatibility."

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