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
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
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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