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PC World: IBM Tests Crusoe in ThinkPad

Jun 22, 2000, 00:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Neel)

"Big Blue may incorporate low-power chip to build an eight-hour notebook."

"IBM will begin testing the waters to determine whether its customers will adopt an IBM ThinkPad powered by Transmeta's Crusoe processor, beginning with a demo of one of the laptops running Windows 2000 at the PC Expo show in New York next week."

"Leo Suarez, director of IBM's worldwide product marketing, says the first prototype is a stock IBM ThinkPad model 240 that has undergone no special modification to incorporate the Crusoe processor. The ultralow-power chip has gained much attention since being introduced by Transmeta in January. ... "Over the next couple of months we will talk with customers and gauge their interest, and if we determine the customer feedback is positive, and our engineers can reach the set of criteria we are trying to get to, we will have a formal announcement of the ThinkPad with Transmeta chip sometime in the second half of this year," Suarez says."

"Until now, most performance benchmarks done on the Crusoe processor have been run on Linux. Going with Windows 2000 required no special tuning to make the hardware and software compatible, Suarez says. Choosing Windows was a response to customer preferences, he adds."

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