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Linux.com: Transmeta Revealed

Jan 25, 2000, 21:27 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jessica Sheffield)

"Many of us were glued to our monitors last Wednesday watching Transmeta at last reveal what it's been so darned secretive about. So many of us tried to view or mirror their site, http://www.transmeta.com, that the site was inaccessible to most of us for nearly an hour. While speculations had run wild as to specifics, most everyone agreed that "The Announcement" was going to concern a new, software-driven processor. But Transmeta had other surprises up its sleeve...."

"Concerned about the battery life in your laptop? Transmeta says such worries will be a thing of the past in Crusoe-powered laptops. The Crusoe TM5400 (the 700MHz processor, due out later this year) boasts less than one watt power consumption in average use (such as office suite applications), one to two watts in high-power applications (i.e., DVD playback), and as low as .008 watts (yes, that's eight milliwatts) in deep-sleep mode. Crusoe also manages power on the fly, dropping the power consumption between keystrokes and other times the machine idles, and assigning only as much processing power to applications as they require. This, says Transmeta, leads to a thirty percent reduction in power usage and can extend typical battery life up to eight hours...."

"What's next for Transmeta? Once laptops with Crusoe processors start appearing on shelves, the world will have a chance to see what the hype was all about, and we'll have a whole new set of articles to write detailing their performance. The rollout of the higher-end Crusoe chip later this year should also cause some ripples."

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