Transmeta 'Astro' - with little electricity into the next year
The manufacturer Transmeta, which has a very good reputation in the notebook and handheld sector due to its energy-saving 'Crusoe' processors, has presented its plans for the next year. A new, energy-saving processor is to come onto the market under the code name 'Astro'.
During the Comdex, some selected journalists were shown the new chip behind the closed doors of the 'Bellagio Hotel'.
The 'Astro' (TM8000) represents the second generation of the Crusoe family and, according to Transmeta, is supposed to be the Crusoe (TM5000 ) Compared to the Crusoe, the performance has been increased considerably, while the power consumption should remain at the previous level, if possible even lower. To make this possible, the 'Astro' has undergone a fundamental redesign.
Chief Technical Officer David Ditzel said:
'The TM 5000 was designed in my basement. We looked at what we did right and what we did wrong and figured out how to do it all over. '
The TM8000 can now perform twice as many arithmetic steps as the TM5000 with 8 instructions per cycle. This was necessary , since an increase in the clock frequency would have had a negative effect on power consumption. With the 'Astro', Transmeta is now also pursuing the path of producing its processors in 0.13Micron, which, in addition to low power dissipation of the chips, should also ensure a competitive manufacturing price
Transmeta sees the 'Banias' from Intel as its direct competitor in the coming year. Transmeta wants to steal valuable market shares from this company primarily through a better price.
Transmeta's CEO, Matthew Perry, announced a price of around US $ 120 per chip. It is questionable whether the Banias will advance into comparable regions, given that Intel's mobile Pentium processors currently cost US $ 170 to 350 , only offered by the CeleronIntel sells for around US $ 100, but it only offers modest performance.
The main buyer of Transmeta processors so far was and is Hewlett-Packard. Transmeta hopes, however, to win other manufacturers with the new processor. The newly emerging market for tablet PCs in particular offers the 'Crusoe' and 'Astro' excellent application possibilities.