Transmeta Selects Fujitsu Semiconductor as the First Foundry for its 90nm Generation of Efficeon Processors; Advanced Process Features High Speed 40nm Transistors
Transmeta (Nasdaq:TMTA), the leader in efficient computing, today announced that it has selected Fujitsu as the first foundry for its 90nm (90 nanometer = 0.09-micron) generation of Efficeon(TM) processors. Engineering teams from the two companies have been working closely together to port the Efficeon design to Fujitsu's CS100 90nm CMOS process, which features transistors with an industry leading 40nm physical gate length. Volume production for the 90nm version of Efficeon is slated for the second-half of 2004.
Transmeta's 90nm Efficeon processors will offer a strong performance upgrade path for customers launching systems based on the 0.13-micron generation of Efficeon processors. The Efficeon processor family will provide industry leadership in delivering power efficiency and high performance for mainstream 12 and 14 inch notebooks, tablet PCs, ultra-personal computers, silent desktops, blade servers and embedded systems.
"Earlier this year we conducted a worldwide investigation and found that Fujitsu's 90nm process delivered the best performance of any technology we evaluated," says Dr. Matthew Perry, president and CEO of Transmeta. "The combination of high performance transistors, long history in building advanced CPU chips, strong manufacturing prowess, and time to market were some of our key deciding factors in selecting Fujitsu."
"Fujitsu has a long history in high performance semiconductor technology driven by the CPU needs of its mainframe and server computing groups," says David R. Ditzel, Vice-Chairman and CTO of Transmeta. "Fujitsu's 40nm transistors deliver some of the best performance we've seen in the industry."
"We are excited that Transmeta's Efficeon design team has appreciated the value of Fujitsu's mainframe class 40nm transistors," said Toshihiko Ono, group president of Fujitsu Electronic Devices Business Group. "By working closely together, our teams will be able to utilize Fujitsu's advanced semiconductor process to achieve a high-performance, high-MHz processor that is also low power."
"The combination of Transmeta's 8-instruction-per-clock Efficeon architecture and Fujitsu's high speed transistors, will deliver more work per GHz at a higher GHz for a big leap forward in performance for Transmeta," said Kevin Krewell, Senior Editor of the Microprocessor Report.
Fujitsu's CS100 process features a 240nm metal pitch and a 40nm transistor gate length. With up to 11 layers of metal interconnect, the process is ideally suited for high density CPU devices. Fujitsu will build the 90nm generation of the Efficeon processor family at the Akiruno Technology Center near Tokyo, Japan. Fujitsu began building CPUs based on the technology for its internal server groups earlier this year.
David R. Ditzel, Transmeta's vice-chairman and chief technology officer, will make a presentation about the Efficeon processor at Microprocessor Forum in San Jose, October 14, 2003, prior to the official announcement of the processor later that day. To learn more about Transmeta's Efficeon processor, visit www.transmeta.com.
About Transmeta Corporation
Transmeta Corporation develops and sells software-based microprocessors and develops additional hardware, software and system technologies that enable manufacturers to build highly efficient computing systems characterized by low power consumption, reduced heat dissipation and the high performance required to run standard x86 compatible programs. We originally developed our family of Crusoe microprocessors for lightweight notebook computers and other mobile computing devices, but we have developed and are continuing to develop microprocessors suitable for a variety of existing and emerging end markets in which x86 program compatibility and energy and thermal efficiency are desirable.