AMD and Transmeta, together again. The last time it was to
provide code-morphing versions of Sledgehammer for developers, this
time it's part of a broader groundswell behind AMD's
"HyperTransport" technology, which the company maintains can speed
data transfer across devices by up to 24 times. Transmeta also
cites Sledgehammer's software compatibility with existing 32-bit
systems as a good reason to pass on Intel and IA-64.
"David Ditzel, Transmeta's founder and chief technical
officer, said his company chose to adopt AMD's x86-64 architecture
over Intel's because it is more compatible with today's 32-bit
computing and support environment, where in many cases, upgrading
to IA-64-based systems would require large investments in new
software as well.
"We think it's a better approach than having to abandon all your
software and start over again," Ditzel said."