"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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