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InfoWorld: Too early to assess Crusoe's impact, analysts say

Jan 20, 2000, 19:43 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Niccolai)

"Transmeta on Wednesday didn't show performance figures that compare its chips with offerings from, say, Intel, noted Nathan Brookwood, an analyst with research firm Insight 64, in Saratoga, Calif. Without seeing such a side-by-side comparison, it's impossible to tell yet how Transmeta's chips will perform against Intel's mobile Pentium III, Brookwood and other analysts said."

"[Crusoe] may perform better or worse than an x86 chip," depending on how efficiently its code-morphing technology works, said Dean McCaron, principal analyst with Mercury Research, in Scottsdale, Ariz."

"Another question that wasn't answered Wednesday is who will build systems using Transmeta's chips. The company didn't disclose the names of any manufacturing partners at Wednesday morning's launch, something that troubled Rob Enderle, vice president of Giga Information Group."

"The thing that makes me so nervous is that there are no hardware [manufacturers] here," Enderle said after Wednesday morning's press conference. "I don't have anything to wrap my arms around and say, Ah, yes, this is something that's coming to market soon."

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