2/20/2001: Transmeta and Microsoft open new ways for the Crusoe
The famous microprocessor Crusoe, programmable and of very scarce consumption, goes making way for itself little by little on the market of portable PCs, at least in Japan. Nevertheless, the strong Intel pressure, with new microprocessor and kind pressures on the manufacturers (who cannot forget the force of the word "Pentium" between the consumers), do that Transmeta looks for new ways for his Crusoe.
One of the most logical is that of portable devices like PDAs, handheld PCs, breeding animals of MP3, and other devices with microprocessors "absorbed" as routers, set-top boxes for access to Internet from the TV, etc. For this class of devices, Transmeta is preparing a new version of Linux called "Mobile Linux", which will improve the energy saving and will reduce the technical requisites as for memory and storage. It should not turn out to be very complicated to them, since they are provided in his staff with Linus Torvalds, the original creator of Linux; the first version will be ready soon, and of course it will be free.
Also there is prepared a new version of the layer of software "Code Morphing" of the Crusoe (the key of his adaptability to almost any architecture), which will reduce moreover his already scarce consumption. And recently it has been rumored that Microsoft will include support optimized for the Crusoe in Windows XP, in addition to probably using in some future product hardware hardware.
On the other hand, Transmeta keeps on looking for collaborators for his idea of creating servants with tens microprocessors Crusoe... enclosed with slightly light arguments, like saying that it would help the Californian companies of computing that have problems with the energy supply in the area (?).
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News written for: Juan Herrerías