Transmeta unveils processors, design details

— 7:40 PM on January 20, 2000

As expected, the mysterious Transmeta announced their first products, and it certainly looks like there's a third viable competitor in the x86-compatible processor market now. I hear a game of Quake 3 was played during the press event, which means this unorthodox CPU architecture must not be a total slouch in multimedia/FPU performance.

The accounts of the launch on the web are legion, but you'd do better to invest your time in reading this white paper at Transmeta's site to get the scoop. The paper is reasonably accessible, and what you'll learn from it is well worth the effort it takes to slog through the technical explanations. It only occasionally strings together a few sentences that induce MEGO (my eyes glaze over) syndrome in non-engineer readers.

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