Fujitsu-Siemens will launch a notebook computer based
on Transmeta's low-power Crusoe chip for the European market early
A company spokesman told vnunet.com that it will launch what
it called its "lightest ever" notebook containing the chip,
"probably at the Cebit trade show in Germany next March".
Europe has not featured in the rollout plans of other vendors
launching Crusoe-based notebooks. Hitachi, Sony and Gateway will
unveil products by the end of this year, but only for the Japanese
and US markets. IBM has not specified which markets it will
Transmeta, which is planning a stock market flotation, launched
its Crusoe chip in Europe at the beginning of the year. It claims
Crusoe increases battery life in lightweight notebooks to eight
hours, more than doubling the two to four hours provided by
equivalent Intel chips. The company also claims that notebooks
running the chips are quieter, because Crusoe does not need noisy
Tony Reilly, customer focus marketing manager at
Fujitsu-Siemens, said he could not provide many details about the
Crusoe notebook, but said it would be a "500Mhz processor in a very
small form factor - less than one kilogram, maybe even 850g".
"It will be the lightest notebook we have ever made," he
Fujitsu-Siemens will also launch a Transmeta-based notebook in
Japan in November, but Reilly said the specification would probably
be different from the European models.
"European regulations are more strict, so that is why products
tend to be launched first in Japan. But it will be based on the
same sort of platform," he said.
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