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CNET News.com: Major notebook players jump on Transmeta bandwagon

Jun 27, 2000, 21:13 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Transmeta's Crusoe processor will debut in ultralight laptops from IBM, Hitachi, Fujitsu and NEC in the second half of the year, and more are to come, Transmeta chief executive Dave Ditzel said today...."

"The apparent embrace of the company's processors sets up a near-instant rivalry with chip giant Intel. With the notebook deals, Transmeta hopes to challenge Intel in the business-computing market. In addition, both companies are working hard to get into the device market and are working feverishly with the Linux community...."

"he battle over which chip is superior will likely be a heated and never-ending topic. Transmeta chips appear to be more power-efficient, allowing devices to run longer on a single battery charge."

"On the other hand, the Crusoe processors do not read Windows applications directly. Instead, the chips apply a process called "code morphing," which even Transmeta admits slows performance a bit. A 600-MHz chip, for instance, may in reality run more like a 500 MHz."

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