"Advanced Micro Devices' Athlon processor is the best PC
processor on the planet--for now. That was the consensus of
analysts at Microprocessor Report, which awarded the chip its
prestigious Best PC Processor prize during a ceremony here Thursday
night. The Athlon's nod was just the first of several unexpected
"The Athlon's victory is just one of several that seems to
indicate the analysts' preference for chips with tried and true
technologies over sweeping new designs. In addition to choosing the
Athlon instead of the P4, analysts picked Intel's Mobile Pentium
III with SpeedStep over Transmeta's much hyped but poorly reviewed
Crusoe CPU, and Sun's UltraSPARC III over Intel's highly
anticipated new Itanium."
"Transmeta in particular deserves credit for drawing plenty
of attention to the growing low-power, thin-and-light segment of
the notebook market, Krewell said. "They've been a
trailblazer, and they got the attention of the big player in the
industry," he said."
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