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osOpinion: The Obligatory Transmeta Article

Jan 28, 2000, 06:51 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Roman Aclef)

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"What Transmeta announced was the diesel of the computer industry, their products are all about getting the most out of the limited power of the battery and are not looking to push performance to the absolute limit. This high mobility/low power focus dictates what market segments their chips will be used, a point the executives at Transmeta stressed repeatedly during the product launch. Other than that central point we learned several other things from the Crusoe product launch...."

"Microsoft most likely isn't thrilled at the thought of Mobile Linux. Windows CE hasn't made any major dents in 3Com's Palm Marketshare, mostly due to its power and RAM requirements. Its interface has also been questioned, and it generally gets bad reviews when compared to Palm's straightforward appliance approach to the palmtop market. With Transmeta offering solutions to developers that combine the power management and long battery life of the Crusoe with the openness and customization of Mobile Linux these manufacturers can truly design and product products without having to deal with Microsoft's dominance...."

"On the hardware side, Intel will be the biggest problem between Transmeta and industry adoption of the Crusoe chip. This is obvious, they're both hardware companies and they're both looking to sell into the fastest growing segment of the computer market - the mobile market. On the low end the 333/400mhz Crusoe has a good chance when competing against Intel. Mostly this is because Intel simply does not have a product that can compete on the same speed/power consumption levels...."

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