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Transmeta ups ante in speed game

Low-power leader plans 1GHz Crusoe in autumn

Processor maker Transmeta plans to begin shipping a faster version of its Crusoe processor in the third quarter of this year.

The plans, divulged during the company's Crusoe Seminar in Tokyo yesterday, raise the stakes in the battle for the notebook processor market.

Transmeta plans to officially announce the chip and provide more details about it during the upcoming PC Expo show in New York, which begins on 26 June.

Intel, which currently dominates the notebook market, plans to begin shipping a low-power version of its Pentium III chip during the third quarter. Codenamed Tualatin, the new chip will be produced using a 0.13 micron process. Samples of a notebook based on a 1.16GHz version of the chip were displayed by Intel at the recent Computex show in Taiwan.

Since Transmeta shipped its first processors around nine months ago, the company has attracted business from all major Japanese notebook PC makers: Casio, Fujitsu, Hitachi, NEC, Sony, Toshiba and, most recently, Sharp.


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