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IT-Analysis: Chip wars heat up as Transmeta gets funding

Apr 26, 2000, 17:10 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bellman)

"Competition within the mobile chip market has intensified with announcements from both Intel and Transmeta. These follow statements from AMD on April 18th 2000 that introduced 0.18 micron manufactured chips at clock speeds between 450 and 500 MHz. AMD has its AMD-K6-III processor targeted at high performance notebooks and the AMD-K6-2+ processor for the more cost-conscious notebooks. Both chips make use of PowerNow! Technology to reduce the power usage during different types of operation so that battery life is extended and internal temperatures kept under control."

"Intel has also announced its own 0.18 micron Pentium III chips with processor speeds up to 700 MHz and a Celeron chip that runs at 500 MHz. Once again, Intel SpeedStep technology is available to allow the mobile system to operate at low voltages whilst using the batteries and to speed up significantly when the AC supply is connected. These chips that draw as little as 2 watts in battery operation, are already available in the Gateway Solo 2550 and Solo 9300 portable systems. At the same time, Intel has produced 0.18 micron flash-memory chips that will reduce the cost of manufacturing by reducing the number of memory chips required."

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