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Forbes: Transmeta's Unpower Trip

Jun 05, 2000, 15:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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 recharging."

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