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TechWeb: Transmeta Tops Intel Mobile CPU Speed

Jan 19, 2000, 18:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Hachman)

"Transmeta on Wednesday finally took the wraps off its long-awaited Crusoe processor, which translates Intel's X86 instructions into native code for dramatically improved processor life and clock speed."

"As expected, the chips will be used for a new class of Internet access terminal and mobile PC. Both of Transmeta's chips, the TM5400 and TM3120, dynamically adjust clock speed and power levels to match their application. The 700-MHz TM5400 will be the fastest mobile processor available, the company said."

"Leveraging the input of Linus Torvalds -- the creator of the Linux operating system and a Transmeta employee -- the company will also develop a small code-size version of Linux, called mobile Linux, that will be made available to OEMs and the open source community."

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