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TechnologyEvaluation.com: AMD Hooks Up with Transmeta - For Now

Jan 26, 2001, 19:20 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by R. Krause)

"Computer chip manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices. Inc., (AMD), in an attempt to reduce software development time for its future 64-bit CPU, called "Sledgehammer", is rumored to be sending systems to software developers. What is different about these systems is that they will use the "Crusoe" processor and special "code morphing" software produced by Transmeta, a rival to both AMD and Intel Corporation."

"This may help AMD reduce the gap between release of the Sledgehammer processor and release of compatible third-party software. AMD apparently believes that Transmeta's software can simulate the behavior of Sledgehammer more effectively than AMD's own simulation software. Typically, there can be a six-to-12-month development cycle for software designed to run on a new processor. AMD hopes it can reduce this "lag" - normally there is a time gap between the hardware and software releases. There has even been speculation that applications may be available by the time Sledgehammer starts shipping, currently slated for the first half of 2002. Although most of the corporate-market-focused industry is gearing up for Intel's Itanium processor, this development may encourage vendors to commit resources to Sledgehammer."

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