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IT-Director: Transmeta 1, Intel 0

Jun 07, 2000, 17:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Intel wants to integrate more functions into the processor chip. But the launch of the Timna integrated processor has been postponed into next year because of problems in another chip. Transmeta is more fortunate, having persuaded IBM to attempt to showcase the Crusoe processor in a prototype notebook. This could herald the all-day-on-one-battery computer."

"Meanwhile, Transmeta is one step nearer to seeing its Crusoe chip in a commercial Windows system. Crusoe relies on software emulation of the Intel instruction set, offsetting the overhead of translation by high speed and clever cache techniques. More significantly, Crusoe has very low power consumption, holding out the prospect of laptop computers that run all day on a fully charged battery."

"No PC maker has yet committed to Crusoe, but Transmeta will be delighted that IBM has stated that it will demonstrate a ThinkPad built around Crusoe at PC Expo later this month. IBM has yet to commit to building Crusoe based ThinkPads for sale, but must be giving the possibility serious consideration. The company rarely makes such public gestures thoughtlessly."

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