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PC Week: Transmeta debuts processors for notebooks, appliances

Jan 19, 2000, 20:38 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Anne Knowles)

"Transmeta Corp., the secretive four-and-a-half-year-old startup that employs Linux creator Linus Torvalds, today took the wraps off its much-anticipated family of new microprocessors...."

"Transmeta's initial chips are the 400MHz TM3120 and 700MHz TM5400, both of which use so-called code morphing technology to translate x86 instructions into the chip's very long instruction words (or VLIW) to run the thousands of applications already written for PCs based on Intel Corp. processors."

"The company is targeting the TM5400 at lightweight notebook PCs, while the TM3120 targets information appliances. The former runs Windows and the latter runs a mobile version of Linux developed at Transmeta."

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