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CRN: Transmeta To Lift Cone Of Silence ON Crusoe Processor

Jan 09, 2000, 00:19 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paula Rooney)

"Five years in the making, the highly-secretive Transmeta Corp. finally will divulge next week its family of software-based smart Crusoe processors for mobile devices."

"The Santa Clara-based company, which plans to detail its RISC-based Crusoe line Jan. 19, is expected to unveil patented dynamic translation technology that can run Intel x86 code, or almost any operating system and application code, though an emulation technique, sources close to the company said. Crusoe, with its built-in software, will convert applications from any platform,including X86 Intel-based Windows applications,to run on low-power and small form-factor devices...."

"If Transmeta has something unique, there is room for new competition, but they will have stiff competition from the PalmPilot," said Larry Leffler, president of VAR Computer Concepts Inc., San Diego. "Connectivity between applications will be key."

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