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Crusoe SE: Transmeta enters the embedded processor market

Today Transmeta will announce its entry to embedded processor market along with the new Crusoe SE solutions. As their specifications ideally match the requirements in this segment I wonder why the company procrastinated for so long.

The new Crusoe SE (Special Embedded) will offer performance from 667 to 933MHz in low and standard power versions with low operating temperatures. Crusoe´s LongRun power and thermal management feature is present in the SE model, allowing embedded systems to automatically scale operating frequency and voltage up or down, depending on processing needs. (According to the above, this might be the modified Crusoe TM5800, I guess).

Crusoe SE will undergo more rigorous reliability testing to stand up to Transmeta´s guarantee of 24/7 operation for 10 years, and is itís also guaranteed to be available in production for five years. Transmeta said the sample shipments have already started and approximately 20 embedded software and silicon vendors, including Microsoft Corp., MontaVista Software Inc., and Silicon Motion Inc. already show interest to these devices.

Transmeta hopes the low cost will be a significant advantage of the new solution. Typical embedded processors range from $50 to $100, and Transmeta said volume pricing for its 667MHz Crusoe SE will start under $50.

Transmeta mentioned about possible entry into the embedded market in October along with the announcement that Microsoft had certified Crusoe processors for the Windows CE.NET. Crusoe SE is designed to take advantage of the Windows XP Embedded OS as well.

Source: EB News

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