"For years the weak link in mobile computers has been the
battery. It's big, it's heavy, and it lasts about as long as a
double-tall latte. You start working on that spreadsheet just after
the plane takes off, and by the time you're over Ohio you're out of
juice and can't even play solitaire."
"That could soon change. Not because of any breakthrough in
battery technology, but because of a new mobile PC processor from
Transmeta, the Silicon Valley upstart that has developed the most
innovative chips since Frito-Lay came up with Ruffles."
"Using a combination of hardware and software, Santa
Clara-based Transmeta has built Crusoe, a brand of Intel-compatible
chips that consume a fraction of the power required by similar
processors from Intel (nasdaq: INTC) and Advanced Micro Devices
(nyse: AMD). Transmeta claims Crusoe will usher in a new generation
of ultra-light notebook PCs capable of running all day without
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