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Sharp's Actius Notebook
Date: Monday March 10, 2003
Category: Notebooks
Manufacturer Link: Sharp
Transmeta's Energy Efficient Crusoe Processor Selected for Sharp's Actius Notebook; Actius MM10 the Thinnest, Lightest Full-Featured Notebook on the U.S. Market
 

Transmeta's Energy Efficient Crusoe Processor Selected for Sharp's Actius Notebook; Actius MM10 the Thinnest, Lightest Full-Featured Notebook on the U.S. Market

Santa Clara, Calif.--March 10, 2003--Transmeta Corporation (Nasdaq:TMTA) today announced that Sharp Systems of America is incorporating an energy efficient 1 GHz Crusoe TM5800 processor in its Actius MM10 notebook for the U.S. market. "Exceptional performance attributes coupled with the benefits of ultra-mobile design and energy efficiency make Transmeta's Crusoe processor an ideal choice for the Actius MM10," said Terry Hanly, product marketing manager at Sharp Systems of America. The Actius MM10 notebook features innovations that break new ground in the notebook market, making significant advancements in mobility. Sharp has leveraged its core competencies in LCD and miniaturization technologies to engineer a one-of-a-kind notebook.

"Sharp's Actius MM10 notebook is a perfect example of how Transmeta's processors enable efficient computing in the mobile space," said Dr. Matthew R. Perry, president and CEO, Transmeta Corporation. "It's the thinnest full-featured notebook available, has exceptional battery life and is cool, quiet and fanless."

The new Sharp notebook weighs only 2.1 lbs and is just 0.54 inches thick(1) making it the thinnest and lightest full-featured 10.4-inch notebook computer available in the US market. Equipped for wireless connectivity via integrated Wi-Fi, the Actius MM10 notebook provides users never-before-seen functionality through the Sharp Connection Cradle, enabling a multi-PC usage model in which users are able to maintain data consistency with other computers.

In order to provide the ultra-slim Actius MM10 with the mobility-enhancing ability to maintain data consistency between itself and multiple computers, Sharp has partnered with Iomega Corporation to develop SharpSync(TM). Powered by Iomega(R) Sync software, SharpSync allows Actius MM10 users to seamlessly maintain data consistency between separate computers. The SharpSync software allows users to select folders or files on their separate machines that they would like to keep in sync with the Actius MM10. Using the included Sharp Connection Cradle, as you change and save files the Iomega-powered SharpSync utility automatically synchronizes the selected folders between the user's main computer and the Actius MM10 ultraportable notebook ensuring you always have the latest copy of your important files on your ultra-portable notebook.

Transmeta's unique Crusoe TM5800 processor architecture and Sharp's superior miniaturization technology make the notebook's very thin design possible. Through these technologies, the Actius MM10 notebook is able to maximize battery power to achieve 2.5 hours of operating time with the standard battery, and 7.5 hours using the extended life battery.

The ultraportable Actius MM10 integrates built-in IEEE 802.11b wireless technology alongside 100Base-TX LAN Ethernet connectivity, 256 MB DDR memory, a 15 GB hard drive, two USB 2.0 ports and Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home Edition. The unit also includes a connection cradle (complete with battery-recharging functionality), PCMCIA modem card, and free external CD-R/RW & DVD-ROM through a rebate offer.

Sharp Actius notebook computers are available immediately through Sharp directly (http://sharp.smartermall.com), or through Sharp's network of retail partners and reseller channels. For more information, call 800-BE-SHARP.

About Sharp Systems of America: Sharp Systems of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, markets, sells and supports LCD monitors and notebook computers. Products are available through Sharp's network of authorized dealers and resellers. More information can be found at www.sharpsystems.com.

About Iomega

Iomega Corporation provides easy-to-use, high value storage solutions to help people protect, secure, capture and share their digital valuables. Iomega's award-winning storage products include the popular Zip(R) 100MB, 250MB and 750MB drives, high-performance Iomega(R) HDD Portable Hard Drives that feature capacities from 20GB to 60GB, Iomega(R) HDD Desktop Hard Drives that offer capacities from 40GB to 120GB, the new Iomega(R) Mini USB Drive, and Iomega(R) external CD-RW drives. Iomega simplifies data protection and sharing at home and in the workplace with Iomega(R) Automatic Backup software, Iomega(R) Sync software, HotBurn(R) CD-recording software, and Active Disk(TM) technology. For networks, Iomega(R) NAS servers offer capacities of 120GB to 720GB. Iomega also offers businesses and consumers a comprehensive data recovery services solution for recovering lost data due to hardware failure, file corruption or media damage. The Company can be reached at 1-888-4-IOMEGA (888-446-6342), or on the Web at www.iomega.com.

About Transmeta Corporation

Transmeta develops and sells software-based microprocessors and develops additional hardware and software technologies that enable computer manufacturers to build computers that simultaneously offer long battery life, high performance and x86 compatibility. Transmeta's family of Crusoe microprocessors is targeted at the notebook, Tablet PC and Internet appliance segments of the mobile Internet computer market, as well as a range of embedded applications. To learn more about Transmeta visit www.transmeta.com.

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