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LinuxPlanet: Crusoe: Transmeta Comes Out of the Closet

Jan 20, 2000, 21:02 (2 Talkback[s])
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"The Crusoe processors' key advantage, as described by Transmeta, is their ability to run standard programs while consuming a fraction of the power of a conventional microprocessor. Transmeta's LongRun technology, which slows the processor to save power when it's not active, is strikingly similar to the SpeedStep technology in Intel's latest crop of mobile Pentiums. But since Crusoe draws very little power from the get-go, slowing the CPU allows it to run even longer before a recharge is required...."

"Many Linux fans speculated that, because Transmeta had hired Linus Torvalds, Transmeta's products would be specifically oriented toward Linux. But this doesn't seem to be so. While the Crusoe chips run Linux, and the company will be offering a version of Linux which they call Mobile Linux (a version of Linux that can run from ROM and does not require a hard drive), the chips were shown running many operating systems, including Windows. (During the presentation, Dave Taylor, formerly of id Software, defeated Linus Torvalds in a networked game of Quake between two Crusoe systems. Taylor played on Windows, while Torvalds used Linux.)..."

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