Ondanks dat IBM en Compaq Transmeta keihard lieten vallen is er nu toch een klein succesje. News.com meldt dat Casio volgend jaar een notebook met Crusoe chip op de Japanse markt brengt. Deze notebook zal volgende week geintroduceerd worden op de Comdex.
While Casio is not one of the world's largest notebook manufacturers, the deal marks another design win for the chip start-up. Transmeta designs chips that compete with processors from Intel but consume less power than standard Pentium IIIs or Celerons.
[...] Like Sony, Casio is using the Crusoe chip in a "subnotebook." As the name connotes, subnotebooks are generally much smaller than regular notebooks. The screen on Casio's Fiva notebook containing a Crusoe chip measures 8.4 inches.
"Casio reported that the system has a battery life of between six to nine hours, which is impressive for a slim design of this type and indicates that the Crusoe design can dramatically increase battery life within very small form factor notebooks," ARS wrote in an analyst bulletin.
So far, all of Transmeta's notebook wins have been with Japanese manufacturers. Except for Sony, all of these companies are selling their products in Asia.
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