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WideOpenNews: Transmeta Finally Unveils Secret Chip

Jan 20, 2000, 03:01 (0 Talkback[s])

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"If Transmeta's claims are real, Intel may have something to worry about. The key to the Crusoe chip is long battery life -- a critical selling point for mobile computer users whose batteries drain their juice in just a few hours...."

"Torvalds made sure Crusoe was optimized for Linux, and the chip is likely to boost Linux's rise, this time in a different market. However, one attendee later opined that Crusoe will run leaner and meaner than Intel chips, while Linux already runs leaner and meaner than Windows, so the new chips and Linux could make strong partners in the fast-growing market for small, mobile computers...."

"The speed range is competitive with Intel chips, but the key selling point for Crusoe is the way it's been designed for low power consumption, which can greatly expand battery life. "People care a lot more about battery life than they care about performance" for mobile machines, said Laird."

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