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IEEE Spectrum: Transmeta's magic show

May 16, 2000, 20:43 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Linda Geppert, Tekla S. Perry)

[ Thanks to Jeffrey L. Taylor for this link. ]

"It took Transmeta engineers $100 million, five years of secret toil, and a little magic to create fast low-power chips that turn into x86s in a microsecond."

"Transmeta Corp.'s Crusoe chips, due to ship in May or June, look nothing like Intel Corp.'s Pentium processors. In fact, they do not even have a logic gate in common. They are smaller, consume between one-third and one-30th the power (depending on the application), and implement none of the same instructions in hardware."

"But the Crusoe microprocessors can run the same software that runs on IBM PC-compatible personal computers with Pentium chips--for instance, Microsoft Windows or versions of Unix, along with their software applications."

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