"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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