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32BitsOnline: Transmeta Unveils Crusoe 'Smart' Chips

Jan 20, 2000, 03:40 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dick Kelsey)

"Transmeta's new idea here was not to use silicon itself to solve the problem but to use software," Ditzel said of the idea as it hatched five years ago."

"A software-driven chip could bring new benefits to microprocessing - easier design in less time by fewer people and lower manufacturing costs. A simpler chip wouldn't require as many power-hungry transistors, he said."

"As work on the Crusoe project progressed, more advantages came to light. "Software could actually learn about your program as it is running on your computer, enabling us to build what we call the first smart microprocessor," Ditzel said. "The processor can learn about your program and learn to improve its performance with time and actually save battery power as it runs."

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