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Crusoe TM5700/TM5900: Transmeta´s new compact processors

According to today press release of Transmeta, the Crusoe TM5800 family will be furter developed in the form of Crusoe TM5700 and TM5900 that differ by ultracompact package sized 21x21mm.

Other specs of TM5700 and TM5900 resemble those of Crusoe TM5800: the same 128-bit VLIW engine supporting up to four x86 instructions/clock, Transmeta LongRun energy saving, up to 1GHz clock speeds, integrated Northbridge, 64-bit DDR SDRAM memory and 32-bit PCI controllers. The new families differ only by the L2 cache capacity: TM5900 has 512KB, while TM5700 has 256KB.

The target market of Transmeta Crusoe TM5700/TM5900 is thin clients, server blades, printers, copiers, POS terminals, consumer eletronics, consoles, and ultra-personal computers (UPC).

It´s also interesting that Transmeta is trying to find a way already familiar to us from VIA´s experiments and promises to introduce a reference platform (Mini-ITX motherboard + TM5900) bundled with drivers and volume production tools before the end of Q1 2004. It´s hard to say now whether it would be in demand or not, as the reference platform is only the first step that might not be enough for recognition.

As for the TM5700/TM5900 release dates, Transmeta promises to start sampling them already in January 2004.

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