1/20/2000: A revolution in march: the microprocessor Crusoe
A new processor, especially designed to diminish to minimums the electrical consumption and to promote the mobile teams it is revolutionizing the sector since it was presented officially only a few hours ago. This processor designed by the company Transmeta and made by IBM, will be capable of being working in a portable one almost during an entire day, while the current ones are working a maximum of 5 ó 6 hours, in addition to removing a lot of heat.
The principal innovation of this new processor for PC takes root in being the first programmable one for software, what at least theoretically would allow to obtain mikes optimized for any operating system with a minimal effort and minimal changes to his design, on the other hand relatively simply (what one of the keys seems to be of his low consumption).
The new processor appears for the time being in a version to 400 MHz, with speeds of up to 700 MHz waited by the middle of this year. The first versions will be optimized for the instructions x86 (those of the mikes Intel and AMD) and for the operating systems Windows 9x and Linux, although between the capacities of the design of the mike it would be of being able to emulate other types of processors (like the G4 or Alpha) with relative facility.
Of course, we can find benchmarks in which the new processor is several times more powerful than his counterpart Pentium III for portable, although these have been prepared by the proper company. Finally, a new and interesting competitor for (for the time being) the world of the processors for portable; perhaps lower the price of these as AMD lowered that of the computers of dessert...
Also it looks like good news for the Linux users, since not in vain in the design of the Crusoe there has taken part the creator of the above mentioned operating system, the acquaintance Linus Torvalds.
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