PC Week: Transmeta debuts processors for notebooks, appliances

“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.