Transmeta unveils 0.13 micron Crusoes

As expected, Transmeta launched Monday two Crusoe processors manufactured using 0.13 micron technology at the TechXNY conference in New York.

The TM5800 and TM5500, manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC), offer a performance improvement and consume 20 per cent less power than Transmeta's previous processors, the company said in a statement. Transmeta has now converted 100 per cent of production wafer manufacturing to TSMC's 0.13 micron lines, Transmeta said.

The TM5800 is available at clock speeds of 700MHz, 733MHz, 766MHz and 800MHz, and will have 512K of L2 cache memory. The 800MHz model costs $US198 in quantities of 1000 units, a standard measurement for chip pricing. The TM5500, with 256K L2 cache, is available in 600MHz, 667MHz and 733MHz, with a 1GHz version expected to be available in the first half of next year. The 667MHz version is available now, priced at $US85, in 1000 unit quantities, Transmeta said.

The processors will also have on-chip single-data rate DRAM (dynamic RAM) and DDR (double-data rate) DRAM. Transmeta also announced an upgrade to Code Morphing Software 4.2, which translates instructions meant for Intel's processors into Crusoe's language. The new software is designed to improve power and performance on the software-based Crusoe chips. The new software will be shipping in new chips in the next few months, Transmeta said.

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