Sharp launches first Crusoe notebook in Japan

The agreements are the latest in a flurry of releases involving Transmeta's chips. So far this month, Toshiba, Casio, and Frontpath announced they will use the company's chips in upcoming products, and Sony unveiled its newest Crusoe-powered Vaio last Wednesday. With this announcement from Sharp, Transmeta is now featured in products from all major Japanese notebook manufacturers, Transmeta said.

In the eight months since Transmeta shipped its first Crusoe, major Japanese notebook makers -- Casio, Fujitsu, Hitachi, NEC, Sony and Toshiba -- have announced Crusoe-based products, and with Sharp now on board, the "sweep" is complete, Transmeta said in a statement.

The Sharp notebook features a Crusoe TM5600 600MHz processor running Microsoft's Windows ME operating system. The computer weighs 3.2 pounds (1.44 kilograms), has three USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports, a single slot each for PC Cards, Smart Media cards and SD (Secure Digital) cards, IEEE 1394 and Fast Ethernet interfaces, a 20GB hard drive, a 10.4-inch TFT (thin film transistor) screen capable of XGA (1,024 by 768 pixel) resolution and 128MB of memory, said Sharp.

Battery life on the standard battery is set at around five hours although double life can be attained with the use of an optional add-on battery, the company said. Sharp has not set a recommended retail price for the machine.

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