Nadat eerder NEC al notebooks moest terug roepen vanwege productiefouten in de Transmeta Crusoe CPU, kunnen we nu bij The Register lezen dat ook Sony Viao notebooks mogelijk problemen hebben. Volgens Sony is het mogelijk dat bij zo'n 13.000 notebooks met de Crusoe TM5600 600MHz chip door productiefouten de L2-cache niet goed funtioneert.
However, unlike NEC, whose recall of Crusoe-powered PCs alerted buyers to potential problems with Transmeta's chip, Sony said it will not recall its own computers. Users who suspect their machines contain the defect should contact Sony, the company said, who will test the chip and replace it if necessary.
After NEC admitted yesterday it would recall 284 Crusoe-based notebooks (all with serial numbers 'OY*****1A'), Transmeta said that there was "no clear evidence" that the problem affected other Crusoe customers.
In addition to Sony and NEC, Hitachi and Fujitsu are both putting the finishing touches to Crusoe-based machines. Hitachi said it is testing its systems for signs of the bug. Fujitsu said its tests showed neither of its two machines was affected. One model uses the TM5400 processor, the other the TM5600, but running at 533MHz not the problematic 600MHz. One of Hitachi's models does contain a 600MHz TM5600 - hence the company's concern.