News Burst: Transmeta's next-generation laptop chip

Crusoe TM5600 offers more power than previous chips, and is shipping to customers now

Chip upstart Transmeta has begun shipping a new series of low-power, x86 compatible Crusoe processors to customers.

At the Hot Chips conference at California's Stanford University, the company formally unveiled the TM5600 range of Crusoe processors, with features similar to the previously-announced TM5400 but a larger on-chip memory cache. The larger cache makes the chip suitable for powerful laptop computers.

Crusoe-based products are not yet available in shops, and no independent tests have been made available. However, notebooks running on the chips are expected to offer several times the battery life of a standard laptop.

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