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Upside: Transmeta keeps lid on details

Mar 01, 2000, 22:19 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"For those just finding out about it, Crusoe is the first microprocessor rethought for the purposes of the mobile computer market," Dietzel said...."

"Those whispers grew a few moments later as Dietzel ran a live demonstration of Long Run, one of Transmeta's patented code-morphing software applications designed to optimize chip power usage. The demonstration depicted a TM3120 chip running head-to-head against a Pentium III processor, with both processors powering a DVD player."

"The TM3120 showed roughly one-half the power usage of the P-III at the start of the demo -- and the power usage quickly declined to one-fifth of the Pentium output as the TM3120 adjusted to the heightened video demand...."

"We find that the Linux operating system is the obvious choice, because embedded devices are incredibly cost-sensitive, and Linux is free," he said."

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