Rumours have it that the Crusoe processor from Transmeta could mean a revolution in microprocessor technology through a combination of software and hardware emulation. It is widely believed the chip may therefore offer unrivalled processing power at much reduced energy costs. This could give the device a significant advantage in the field of mobile computing, although these claims are at the moment wholly unsubstantiated.
The hype surrounding the mystery chip has been beautifully crafted. Since being launched in September, the official Transmeta Web site has simply displayed the enigmatic message, "We rethought the processor to create a whole new world of mobility." Couple that with the fact that Linus Torvalds, forefather of Linux, has maintained a carefully crafted veil of secrecy over his involvement with Transmeta and what you have is an eagerly anticipated event that could send Intel into a desperate panic.
Transmeta's Web site will become fully operational at 12pm Pacific Standard Time, three hours after the chip itself is officially revealed.
Live video of the dramatic unveiling of the Crusoe chip will be available from this page at the ZDTV Web site.
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