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Transmeta chips do not convince Toshiba

According to the Japanese giant, the new Transmeta chips would not offer all the features and advantages that they should, in theory, have. The new processors would, in effect, increase battery life (up to 8 hours of battery life). : double and even quadruple compared to what is possible to do on many laptops with Intel CPUs) and would also allow to avoid the use of noisy cooling fans but Toshiba UK product marketing has stated that Toshiba at the time , does not intend to use Crusoe in any type of product. "Crusoe actually offers the possibility of increasing the duration of battery recharging but nothing more than what Transmeta advertises," said the Anglo-Saxon manager. "We were able to achieve the same results using standard Intel chips". "It is an interesting technology, but at the moment we are not convinced that it can offer what the user needs". Transmeta obviously belies Toshiba's claims, stating that the PC prototype they use is too heavy compared to ultra-light devices for which the processor thought. Ed McKernan, marketing director of Transmeta said: “The eight hours of charge duration currently require a battery that weighs 2.2 pounds connected to the base of their Portege 3440 and 3480 notebooks. This means that the final weight of the product of 5.61 pounds, which exceeds the weight of the ultralight notebook category, systems between 2 and 4 pounds, for which the CPU is designed ". And again: “the Crusoe processor by Transmeta designed to be used in products that will arrive during the next quarter and in the first quarter of next year: the duration of the battery charge of these products by a full day. In addition, it prevents designers from having to worry about excessive heat from any processor (even the Intel 1-watt processor). ”Toshiba signed a license agreement with Transmeta in February 1998 but a first licensing agreement had already been signed with IBM in December 1997 (the agreement provided Transmeta with access to IBM and Toshiba technologies, in exchange for the possibility of using the Transmeta technology in x86 products). Transmeta subsequently renegotiated the rights sold to IBM and Toshiba for the production and marketing of x86 compatible products by agreeing with IBM to pay $ 33 million over the next 4 years and releasing 600,000 shares of its stock to Toshiba. (by Mauro Notarianni)