Transmeta Packs Faster Crusoes in Smaller Package

By Mark Hachman  |  Posted 2004-01-06
Better things come in smaller packages, as Transmeta Corp. unveiled two new Crusoe chips that are available in packages half the size of their forefathers.

The chips are part of Transmetas aging Crusoe family, not the Efficeon family the chipmaker announced last year. However, Transmeta looked toward the future by eliminating the SDRAM interface from the newly announced TM5700 and TM5900, contributing to a package size of 21mm by 21mm, about 50 percent smaller than older Crusoes.

Transmeta said that the new chips will be used to power devices that pack a lot of computing power into a small space, such as thin clients, blade servers, printers, copiers, point-of-sale terminals, smart displays, portable consumer devices, ultraportable PCs and set-top boxes. The TM5900 is shipping at clock speeds of between 800MHz and 1GHz, while the TM5700 is available at 667MHz only.

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