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CNET News.com: Transmeta power savings not great enough, IBM says

Nov 16, 2000, 16:17 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland, Michael Kanellos)

"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 Intel."

"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 cancellation."

"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."

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