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The Register: Transmeta grows Crusoe line-up

Jun 28, 2000, 19:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Smith)

"Transmeta yesterday unveiled the extension of its Crusoe family of CPUs with three new varities of the low-power, x86-emulatin' chip. The current Crusoe line-up comprises the 5400, a high clock-speed chip for the Windows notebook market, and the 3200, aimed at portable Internet access devices."

"The 5400 is to be joined by the 5600, which will match the 5400's 500-700MHz clock speed range... We suspect that the 5600 actually has 512KB of L2 cache, since we note that it also consumes 5-15 per cent less power than the 400, according to Transmeta marketing chief Ed McKernan, "despite having more cache" (and an 88 square mm die). That's down to its 0.18 micron fabrication, done by IBM Microelectronics. The 5400 is a 0.22 micron CPU."

"At the other end of the line, comes the 3300 and the 3400, and they too will be fabbed at 0.18 micron. The 3300 increases the existing 3200's L1 cache from 96KB to 128KB. The 3400 does the same - and features a 256KB L2 cache, missing from the 3200 and 3300."

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