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NetworkWorld: Mobile processor battle heats up

Jun 16, 2000, 02:53 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Neel)

"Intel on Monday will introduce what a source close to the company called "the fastest mobile processors in the industry," two of which arrive with a new twist from Intel: single-watt power consumption, a benchmark formally held exclusively by Transmeta's Crusoe processor."

"Monday's announcement from Intel will spark new competition between the chipmaker and Transmeta, also in Santa Clara, which recently announced that its low-power Crusoe processor will appear in a jointly branded America Online/Gateway Internet appliance by the Christmas shopping season."

"...unlike Intel's Speedstep technology and AMD's PowerNow, which also adjust frequencies while operational but possess a limited number of adjustable frequency points, Transmeta's Long Run has a large number of dynamic ramps, depending on the processor load, to make optimal use of the CPU without burning unnecessary power."

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