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Transmeta Unveiled

Transmeta Unveiled - PCSTATS
Abstract: On January 19th PCstats.com covered the release of the Crusoe family of processors by Transmeta Corp.

Crusoe represents a 'rethinking' of the moblie processors - and at 700Mhz, the Crusoe is the most powerful and inexpensive to boot! Check out the specs...

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External Mfg. Website: Transmeta Jan 22 2000   J. Kupka  
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Where Will Crusoe Be Seen?

Where will Crusoe likely be seen first?

Laptops: Crusoe will likely appear first in Laptops. The Crusoe is a smaller processor that can run more efficiently at higher megahertz than the current mobile processors (including the PIII's) can. Crusoe runs much cooler than these current mobile processors, and because Crusoe generates less heat, your laptop will use less power to do the same things it does now. So a Crusoe Laptop will be lighter and more compact, enabling builders to pack more goodies into your machine: there is more room for memory, disk space and expansion.

Mobile Internet Devices: prior to Crusoe, there was no way to get the combination of low power, low operating temperature and high clock speed. This has greatly restricted the abilities of hand-held devices. The Crusoe processor provides hand-held and palm-sized devices the ability to run powerful software, like Linux. It will enable these types of devices to deliver the full multimedia experience, including web content and DVD, as well as access and store more information.

And the Crusoe Customers Include...

Transmeta continues to keep tight-lipped about who is currently building TM3120 and TM5400 systems and devices, but they do say that we can look for Crusoe-based products to hit the market in the summer. With a clock speed of 600MHz Crusoe can out perform most mobile processors, and still has the flexibility of being multi-platform and software capable.


Mobile Linux

Tansmeta has developed a Linux distribution called "Mobile Linux". Mobile Linux has been designed for systems and devices that do not use hard disks. An example of a device that will be an ideal candidate for Mobile Linux will be Web Pads and other hand-held Mobile Internet Devices. Though Transmeta will never distribute Mobile Linux the way Red Hat distributes Linux, they do have plans to release it to the open source community.


The Hype - What we expected, and what we now have

Transmeta has been quite secretive about exactly what it has been doing, and what information has been leaked has spawned much speculation. Here is a run down on the Buzz created by the major industry sources:

    • VLIW Processor that is simpler, faster and cheaper than current processors
    • Will make use of the Linux OS
    • Will be smaller, faster and cheaper than current processors

The Web Cast from today tells us that in fact:

    • VLIW Processors called Crusoe TM3120 and TM5400 do run significantly cooler, and more efficiently than current processors, both mobile and otherwise.
    • Linux plays a large part in the Transmeta plan
    • They are fast, and cheaper than top of the line x86 processors: the TM3120 running at 400MHZ will range from $65-$89, and the TM5400, running at 700MHZ will range from $119-329 (all funds in US dollars) the hype was out of step with what Transmeta delivered

Conclusions

We'd like to hear what you think of Crusoe and Transmeta. Is Crusoe worthy of the hype in your opinion, or are you so sick of it that you could care less? Speak your mind on the BBS!

Ryemax | Jk


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Contents of Article: Transmeta
 Pg 1.  Transmeta Unveiled
 Pg 2.  Crusoe Specs
 Pg 3.  — Where Will Crusoe Be Seen?

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