Transmeta announces Crusoe successor

C|Net has the scoop on Astro, the successor to Transmeta's Crusoe processor. The new chip will debut in the first half of next year, and like its predecessor, will target low power mobile applications. In addition to doubling the number of instructions the chip can issue in a given clock cycle, Transmeta has also managed to lower the power requirerments. This quote from CTO David Ditzel really sums up the Crusoe's humble beginnings:
"The TM 5000 was designed in my basement," he said. "We looked at what we did right and what we did wrong and figured out how to do it all over."
With Tablet PCs hyped as the next big thing, and notebooks falling in price, the market may be primed for Transmeta to carve out more than just an obscure niche.
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