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CNNfn: AMD allies with Transmeta

May 25, 2001, 13:38 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Richtmyer)

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."

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