2/5/2001: Interested Transmeta in...: servants multiprocessor??!
Dave Ditzel, one of the founders of Transmeta, has realized some more than surprising declarations The Register in which he makes sure that in a few months there might appear servants based on his famous microprocessor Crusoe.
And the most surprising thing is that multiprocessor would talk each other of servants, but not with only with two mikes, but with four, eight, a dozen, fifty... The idea is not to use the technology SMP (symmetrical multiprocess) on which there are based most of the solutions multiprocessor current (like the cradles in mikes Intel), but an asymmetric technology MPP similar to that of the clusters (associate sets of PCs that can go so far as to be equal to a supercomputer).
This architecture supposes less potency for microprocessor... but: for whom does it matter, if tens of them can settle? Also, some of the specific characteristics of the Crusoe would be very profitable, like his insignificant consumption (almost the hundredth part that the habitual mikes for servant), or his emulation for software of almost any architecture (use it today as if it was a team Sun, tomorrow as if it was an Itanium, the day after tomorrow like a Hammer...).
A very ambitious bet and enormously complex, undoubtedly, but it is a question of a market in which the benefits are ENORMOUS, and do not have anything that to lose...
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