Vier dagen geleden schreven wij dat Transmeta geinteresseerd is in AMD's Lightning Data Transport bus. Vandaag schrijft Semiconductor Business News dat AMD in een interview heeft laten weten dat zij vooral geinteresseerd zijn in de technieken gebruikt bij Transmeta om het lage energie verbruik van hun Crusoe processor te bewerkstelligen. Een logische stap als je bedenkt dat AMD de grootste moeite heeft om CPUĺs gebaseerd op de K7 core geschikt te maken voor het mobiele platform. Wat de deal tussen beide bedrijven gaat worden staat nog niet vast, maar waarschijnlijk zal het gaan om een uitwisseling van patenten:
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. here is discussing various types of cooperation with microprocessor startup Transmeta Corp., including possible technology exchanges for chips serving very low-end consumer PC appliance, according to AMD president Hector de J. Ruiz in an interview.
AMD is also interested in Transmeta's low-power processor technology, which could reduce power consumption of its own Athlon and Duron microprocessors, Ruiz added. AMD itself is developing new Athlong and Duron versions that will cut the present power consumption below 3 watts but Transmeta's technology might be able to cut the level to 1 watt, said Ruiz, who surprised the industry by joining AMD as president in January after heading up Motorola Inc.'s chip business for nearly three years.
[...] While AMD could get some help from Transmeta, the Sunnyvale company has technology that could aid the Santa Clara, Calif.-based startup, said Ruiz. "Currently, the Transmeta Cruscoe chip effectively runs at 500-MHz and doesn't offer a complete PC solution," said the AMD president. "We might be creative and structure a deal that would benefit both companies."
Ben Anixter, vice president for external relations, said AMD won't move into the new market until it determines what its PC OEM customers want. "The Athlon and Duron core is very flexible and can be moved quicly into this market segment, once we see what customers want," he added.
Anixter also said AMD is interested in talking with Transmeta on technical cooperation for processors aimed at handheld Internet access devices. "We have a second interest in this market -- selling our flash memory for handheld devices," he noted. "Even if we decide not to target a processor for this market, we plan on selling lots o flash memory to it."