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Transmeta “Efficeon” CPU details coming soon

Oct 6, 2003 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

Transmeta will formally launch its new Efficeon processor next week at the Microprocessor Forum in San Jose, CA. Dave Ditzel, the company's co-founder and chief technology officer, will present details of the new processor's technical specs, software characteristics, and benchmark data. Transmeta calls Ditzel's presentation, which takes place on Oct. 14 at 2:00 pm, “one of the biggest announcements in the processor industry this year.”

What's an Efficeon?

According to Transmeta, the Efficeon processor will provide “a compelling combination of power efficiency, design flexibility, performance-on-demand, and low cost,” and will be targeted at ultra-portable and mainstream notebook computers, as well as devices such as tablet PCs, ultra-personal computers, silent desktop computers, blade servers, thin clients, and embedded systems.

The x86-compatible Efficeon processor will be built using 0.13 micron geometries and will feature integrated Northbridge controller, HyperTransport bus interface, DDR-400 SDRAM memory interface, and an AGP-4X high performance graphics interface, in addition to extensive power management and various other “to-be-announced” functions.

Third-party support

Last week, Transmeta announced a list of third-party support for the Efficeon which included 802.11 wireless developers, BIOS/firmware companies, embedded manufacturers, graphics developers, operating system developers, and silicon component suppliers. The list included Alliance Semiconductor, American Megatrends, Atheros Communications, General Software, HyperTransport Technology Consortium, Microsoft, Insyde Software, NVIDIA, Phoenix Technologies, Silicon Motion, ULi Electronics, and XGI Technology.

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