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eWeek: Compaq, Dell cool to Crusoe chip

Jun 28, 2000, 22:47 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John G. Spooner)

"While Crusoe's ship appears to have come in, some large PC makers have decided to hold off on adopting the new chip for notebook PCs. At least for now."

"Upstart microprocessor maker Transmeta Corp. stole the show here at PC Expo on Tuesday. As the temperature soared past 90 degrees, Transmeta showed off its cool-running TM 5400 Crusoe chip for notebook PCs at its "Gilligan's Island"-style booth -- unveiling a number of product designs by several different PC makers that use its processor. On display were notebooks from Hitachi Corp., IBM and NEC, as well as the motherboard from a notebook currently in development by Fujitsu Corp."

"The Hitachi notebook appears to be the closest to a shipping product. The notebook, shown in both blue and green, weighs 3.5 pounds and includes a DVD drive. It is expected in the October timeframe, a Transmeta official said."

"IBM is also bullish about Transmeta's technology, including its notebook chip and LongRun power management software. Big Blue is showing a technology demonstration based on its ThinkPad 240 mini-notebook, modified to run a TM 5400 chip. The TM 5400 chip will be available at 500MHz, 600MHz and 700MHz. Typically, its average power consumption when running an application such as DVD is between 1- and 1.5-watts."

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