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CNET News.com/AP: Crusoe to be in Sony laptops next month

Sep 08, 2000, 07:47 (0 Talkback[s])

"The power-saving Crusoe chip manufactured by Transmeta that promises to double the life of batteries hits the consumer market next month inside Sony's new ultra-slim laptop."

"Sony's latest models of the VAIO computer PictureBook, powered by Transmeta's much-hyped microprocessor, are set to land on store shelves in mid- to late October."

"It's tailored toward the traveling business professional," Mark Hanson, vice president and general manager of Sony's PC product line, said of the Crusoe-backed PictureBook. "Now they can fly coast-to-coast without having to look for another battery."

"The postage stamp-sized Crusoe chip was unveiled in January after five years of highly secretive research and development at the Santa Clara, Calif.-based upstart Transmeta. Intel, the world's leading chipmaker, has also since released similar power-saving microprocessors using the company's SpeedStep technology."

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