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VNU Net: Compaq considers Transmeta chips

Aug 19, 2000, 01:07 (0 Talkback[s])
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By Jo Ticehurst, VNU Net

Compaq has confirmed that it is evaluating Transmeta's Crusoe chip, becoming the latest in a string of PC vendors who are considering using the low-power processor in mobile devices.

A Compaq spokeswoman told vnunet.com: "Compaq invested in Transmeta's development of the Crusoe chip and right now we are evaluating whether we will use it in future products, in particular notebooks."

She said the company is not able to confirm when, or if, any products based on the chip will be launched.

Transmeta revealed details of its plans for an initial public offering late yesterday, from which the company hopes to raise around $200m.

Earlier this week, Sony said it would launch a new range of its Vaio C1 notebooks housing the Crusoe chip later this year.

IBM has also committed to launching a notebook based on the chip in the fourth quarter.

Both products are described as ultra-portable, and the companies said Crusoe's lower power consumption and reduced heat generation are beneficial in these types of device.

Transmeta claims that, when running, the Crusoe chip consumes around one watt of power compared with an Intel Pentium's 15 to 20 watts. This means that it uses significantly less battery power, and enables lightweight notebooks to work for up to eight hours. In standby mode, Crusoe consumes about 20 milliwatts of power.

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