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ZDNet: Transmeta reviews criticize performance

Oct 26, 2000, 21:48 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Broersma)

"Crusoe-based laptops have hit the market, and some critics are underwhelmed. Are benchmark tests to blame?"

"Crusoe saves power by running standard x86 instructions in software, rather than hardware, which allows for greater control over how much power is used. During operation, the chip must recompile x86 code into native Crusoe code, which slows down performance. However, the recompiling process only has to be carried out once, meaning operation speeds up during the course of use."

"If you're performing a repetitive task, performance goes up after a couple of iterations," said Joseph Byrne, analyst with research firm Dataquest Inc. "Benchmarks may not capture that."

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