News Burst: Hitachi goes for Crusoe

Japan's No. 1 electronics maker will sell laptop PCs using Transmeta's low-power chip

Japanese electronics leader Hitachi has said it will use Transmeta's Crusoe chips in notebook computers later this year, stepping up competition against Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.

Hitachi joins Sony, IBM, Gateway, Quanta, Toshiba, Fujitsu and NEC, all of whom have said they are at least considering using Crusoe in laptop computers, and some of whom have made definite announcements.

Five-year-old Transmeta launched Crusoe earlier this year. The chip uses far less power than comparable processors from AMD and Intel, making it possible to greatly extend laptop battery life.

More details to follow.

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