Transmeta Efficeon Processor Chosen by HP for Blade PC in New
Consolidated Client Infrastructure; HP Consolidated Client Infrastructure to
Reduce Enterprise IT Costs
Transmeta Corporation (Nasdaq:TMTA), the leader in efficient computing, today
announced that its new Efficeon(TM) processor will be used in a new enterprise
computing model from HP. This new computing model consolidates desktop computing
and networked resources into easily manageable, highly secure datacenters that
can deliver dramatically lower TCO without compromising desktop performance or
the end-user experience.
The new HP Consolidated Client Infrastructure (CCI)
consists of an access device -- an HP thin client, powered by a Transmeta's
Crusoe(R) processor -- that connects with the HP Blade PC, powered by
Transmeta's new Efficeon processor running Microsoft Windows(R) XP Professional,
located in a centralized data center. Blades are dynamically allocated to only
one user at a time, providing a truly individual computing experience.
Enterprise IT managers who use Efficeon-powered Blade PCs will enjoy a
centralized and easy-to-manage solution that offers numerous benefits such as
increased compliance with software licensing requirements, cost-savings by
reducing the likelihood of virus penetration, reduced power consumption with the
Efficeon's energy efficient design, much simpler "moves, adds and changes" and a
reduced risk of data and equipment theft. Overall, HP's CCI can cut IT total
cost of ownership by at least 50% and reduces PC support costs by upwards of 70%
according to estimates from HP.
Transmeta processors offer a compelling cost-effective solution that enhances
the end-user experience. The Efficeon-based HP Blade PC can cut costs in many
ways, one of which is through its power efficiency. Not only does Efficeon
reduce power consumption compared to many existing server designs, but the
reduced thermal profile allows more processors to be deployed in a blade rack.
Additionally, the small footprint of HP's Crusoe-based thin clients requires
minimal desk space, reducing clutter while its quiet fan-less operation
contributes to a noise-free work environment. Since thin clients are easy to set
up and use, new users can be deployed and start working in a minimal amount of
"IDC believes that the introduction of new high-performance Blade PC
solutions paired with thin clients represent an important new direction for the
thin client market," said Bob O'Donnell, director, personal technology at IDC.
"Not only can these new solutions address the performance concerns of the IT
managers, they can ultimately reduce the total cost of ownership and increase
the return on investment."
"We are proud to offer Efficeon processors for HP's new Blade PCs, augmenting
HP's Crusoe powered thin clients and providing Transmeta processors for both
ends of HP's Consolidated Client Infrastructure," said Dr. Matthew R. Perry,
president and CEO of Transmeta. "The Efficeon processor's highly integrated
architecture and energy efficient, high-performance characteristics make it an
ideal choice for commercial computing applications."
Several Transmeta Crusoe-based thin clients are currently shipping from HP.
The HP t5000 series thin clients deliver desktop-like features and a level of
performance that offers 'front-of-screen perception' comparable to full desktop
system performance, all based upon Transmeta's proven energy-efficient
"Transmeta's new generation Efficeon processor enables HP's Consolidated
Client Infrastructure users with the best combination of performance and power
efficiency for our new bx1000 Blade PC," said Jeff Groudan, vice president of
business desktop marketing, Personal Systems Group, HP. "The unique thermal
management and low voltage usage associated with Transmeta processors provide a
highly reliable technology that is ideally suited for the Blade PC and thin
client form factors, offering a high performance and affordable solution to HP
Featuring Transmeta Efficeon processors and the Microsoft Windows XP
Professional operating system, the HP Blade PC is expected to be available in
USA and Canada in the first quarter of 2004.
About the Transmeta Efficeon Processor
The Transmeta Efficeon processor is designed to provide power efficiency,
design flexibility, performance-on-demand and low cost to meet the need of the
next generation of mobile, wireless, and embedded devices. It includes three new
high performance bus interfaces: an on-chip HyperTransport(TM) bus interface for
increased input/output efficiency, an on-chip Double Data Rate (DDR) SDRAM
memory interface for increased throughput, and an on-chip AGP graphics interface
for high performance graphics solutions. These new interfaces allow Efficeon to
achieve more work per clock, which results in greater energy efficiency and
longer battery life for mobile computer users. The Transmeta Efficeon
processor's dynamic LongRun(R) power management features and integrated
architecture are designed to give system designers and marketers a wide range of
choices in creating products that deliver added value, functionality, security,
comfort, reliability, and cost savings to end users.
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.
To learn more about Transmeta, visit www.transmeta.com.