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Byte.com: Transmeta Sets Sail With Crusoe

Jan 24, 2000, 18:28 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Hachman)

"Transmeta, the most well-known secret chip start-up in recent memory, has set out to challenge embedded and desktop processors alike with a unique combination of low-power hardware and adaptable software. The result is likely to be a platform that should entrance developers even as OEMs take a long hard look at the technology. Transmeta developed the chip, a custom Linux operating system, designed by Linux creator and Transmeta software engineer Linus Torvalds, plus some application software. The result is a true platform from a single source, something that perhaps only Sun Microsystems and IBM have been able to pull off."

"One of the hardest things for designers to do is to leave things out," Transmeta's CEO David Ditzel told Electronic Engineering Times in December 1998."

"But that's the premise of Transmeta's new "Crusoe" chip family -- the TM5400 and TM3120. By eliminating dedicated hardware transistors and replacing them with a dynamic translation layer just below the operating system, the architecture reduces die size, cuts power, and allows for high clock speeds."

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