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CNET News.com/Gartner: Commentary: Upstart Transmeta tries to break the rules

Aug 07, 2000, 23:34 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Margevicius)

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"Crusoe breaks some, but not all, limitations of hardware-only offerings. Crusoe shows strong potential to offer good enough performance on today's chip hardware. Equally important is Crusoe's lower power consumption, which equates to longer battery life. However, less power consumption is applicable to the processor only; other subcomponents—such as video and hard disks--are not affected."

"Despite the innovation and promise, Gartner remains cautious about Crusoe. Building technology that is 100 percent compatible with current PC technology is no simple task. Transmeta says Crusoe will be compatible with applications written for the Intel platform, but that means the company will have to keep up with developments at Intel. Independent software vendors will likely push back regarding support of their products on Crusoe. Most sellers will wait for full endorsements from manufacturers and Microsoft."

"Transmeta is going after a growing, yet still relatively small, segment of the market: thin and light mobile devices. To succeed--or even make inroads into this Intel-dominated segment of the PC market--it will have to demonstrate technical, financial and manufacturing prowess. Although Transmeta continues to gain attention because of the differentiated value it offers, the company remains a relative unknown that has yet to demonstrate its ability to meet PC manufacturers' requirements."

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