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CNET News.com: Transmeta-based servers boast power-saving chips

Jan 25, 2001, 16:19 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Kanellos)

"The cost of real estate and electricity are two of the major problems of doing business in Silicon Valley--a situation that several companies coming out with Transmeta-based servers hope to exploit. RLX Technologies, Rebel.com and two other server start-ups will release Web servers in the near future that contain Crusoe processors from Transmeta, among other architectural enhancements, rather than chips from Intel or Sun Microsystems."

"Originally targeted at the notebook market, the Crusoe chip has emerged as a contender in the Web server area, these companies assert, because it consumes less power than competing processors. By requiring less power, servers containing the chip emit less heat, consume less energy and can be squeezed into smaller cases."

"And as application service providers and e-commerce sites find themselves forced to install banks containing hundreds of servers, lower power consumption can translate into huge advantages. Astronomical utility costs, independent generators, super-cooled operation rooms, and an insatiable need for more floor space are all part of life for hosting companies. If the cooling systems break down, servers can actually melt, prompting angry calls from clients."

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