Sony Licenses Transmetas LongRun2 for Power Management
Becoming the third vendor to do so, Sony snaps up a license for Transmeta's LongRun2 technology, which enables dynamic control of frequency, voltage and transistor leakage in the chip.Sony has become the third vendor to license Transmetas LongRun2 power-management technology. Sony Corp. joins NEC Electronics Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd., who licensed the technology last year. NEC is expected to introduce products incorporating the technology later this year, according to Transmeta officials. Fujitsu has yet to publicly lay out its roadmap. Transmeta Corp.which introduced its first energy-efficient processor, Crusoe, in 2001is in the middle of an internal evaluation to determine its business model going forward. Officials said Friday that they will reorganize the company March 31.
Among the options are exiting the silicon business and instead make money by licensing the companys technology, including LongRun2. Officials said they also are exploring scenarios that would involve continuing to make processors via partnerships.