0.13-micron Crusoe arrives June 26th
Transmeta will now officially begin shipping the first 0.13 micron Crusoe CPUs on June 26th. The processor, baptized with the name TM5800, has 128 KByte L1 and 512 KByte L2 cache and will initially come onto the market in 600-800 MHz variants.
In the 1st quarter of 2002 the Crusoe will also jump the 1 GHz mark. Since the new CPU supports both DDR RAM and version 4.2 of the code morphing software, a performance increase of up to 50% should be possible. A 20% reduction in power consumption should help the Crusoe on its triumphal march in the notebook sector. However, it is doubtful whether the release will go off without any problems. A prominent notebook manufacturer is said to have recently terminated the contract for the delivery of the 0.13-micron Crusoe, as the smooth supply of processors is probably not guaranteed due to delivery bottlenecks. This message was denied by Transmeta - the manufacturer had other reasons.