"We found that we didn't get a quantum leap in battery
performance," Leo Suarez, director of worldwide product marketing
for IBM Mobile Systems, said in an interview with CNET News.com at
the Comdex trade show here. "The (energy) savings at a system level
were comparable" to a notebook containing a similar chip from
"Suarez's statement will help resolve the swirling rumors
surrounding IBM's cancellation of its Crusoe project last month.
Many had speculated on the reasons behind the reversal. But until
Wednesday, high-level IBM executives had not commented on the
"IBM still is likely to come out with an ultrathin notebook with
a low-power chip next year, but that notebook will in all
probability contain a "low, low" voltage Pentium III, Suarez said.
Prototypes of the ThinkPad using the ultra-low-power Pentium III,
which is set to come out in the middle of 2001, have been on
display at Comdex."