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InfoWorld: Crusoe problems blamed on software emulation technique

Nov 08, 2000, 23:01 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Neel)

"A software emulation technique used inside Transmeta's Crusoe processor that hinders the performance of the low-power chip could be the reason some top PC manufacturers are falling back from commitments to ship Crusoe in future portable computer offerings, analysts are saying...."

"The advantage to software emulation, according to Transmeta, is a smarter processor that company officials agree operates more efficiently on repeated commands that the chip has already translated."

"But it is the initial translation that creates an extra step for the Crusoe processor, and this step apparently robs Crusoe of needed performance...."

"McCarron added that for Crusoe to regain the performance lost in translating code, Transmeta would have no choice but to turn up the clock speed of the chip, negating any power savings the chip might offer."

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