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ZDNET UK: Transmeta round-up: Technology worth the hype?

Jan 21, 2000, 19:57 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Was it more a question of over-exuberance on the part of the marketers and the press, or does the potential of the new software-based processor really deserve the hype?..."

"Gordon also has reservations about the specific technology involved. He continues, "If you read between the lines, it's not quite as quick and as clever as some think it is. When you have the ability to run different OSs it has to be an emulation technique. Then there has to be a performance penalty. From what I understand the headline speed is 700 MHz but emulation reduces this to 500...."

"Editor in chief of The Microprocessor Report, Keith Diefendorff, is much far more impressed and even believes that the hype surrounding the Transmeta chip may have been justified. He says, "Actually I think what they've done is fairly impressive. If it lives up to claims, then they've made a serious reduction in power consumption."

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