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PC World: Analysts: Athlon Bests Pentium 4; Mobile PIII trumps Transmeta in annual awards

Jan 23, 2001, 17:17 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Mainelli)

"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 wins."

"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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