"Intel is releasing two chips that will compete directly
with Transmeta's Crusoe processors in the notebook market, and the
scary part for Transmeta is that it didn't take Intel long at
"On Tuesday, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker is
releasing a 500MHz Pentium III that is "the lowest-power-consuming
PC processor that has ever been built," said Frank Spindler,
general manager of the mobile products group at Intel. The chip
giant is also releasing a similar 500MHz Celeron for budget
"The two ultra-low-power chips are aimed directly at taking the
spotlight away from Transmeta, which last year came out with chips
that can run standard notebook applications without consuming as
much power as traditional Intel chips."
"This is 'The Empire Strikes Back' in some sense," said Nathan
Brookwood, an analyst at Insight 64."