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The Register: Transmeta working with AMD on Sledghammer

Jan 06, 2001, 16:47 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Smith)

"AMD appears to be ready to recruit Transmeta to give its 64-bit Sledgehammer CPU a clear lead over Intel's own server-oriented processor, Itanium."

"The deal centres on Transmeta's code-morphing technology - software that converts chunks of object code created for processor A into chip B's native machine language. AMD's plan appears to be to use Transmeta's scheme to map 32-bit x86 instructions onto Sledgehammer's own 64-bit code."

"The upshot: rather better backward compatibility and superior performance with legacy apps than Itanic can offer, or so AMD hopes. For its part, Transmeta gets access to the Sledgehammer instruction set, which it can, of course, emulate on top of its own Crusoe CPU line should it wish to do so."

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