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Intel edges into Transmeta territory with new chip

Jan 30, 2001 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Michael Kanellos of CNET News.com reports that Intel is releasing two chips that will compete directly with Transmeta's Crusoe processors in the notebook market. Kanellos writes . . .

“On Tuesday, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker is releasing a 500MHz Pentium III that is 'the lowest-power-consuming PC processor that has ever been built,' said Frank Spindler, general manager of the mobile products group at Intel. The chip giant is also releasing a similar 500MHz Celeron for budget notebooks.”

“The two ultra-low-power chips are aimed directly at taking the spotlight away from Transmeta, which last year came out with chips that can run standard notebook applications without consuming as much power as traditional Intel chips.”

” . . . On average, the new Pentium III consumes about half a watt of power, or less than half the power of Intel's current notebook chips.”

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