Not to be outdone by VIA, Transmeta has finally unveiled Crusoe's successor. The new "Efficeon" processor has 1MB of cache, runs at 1.1GHz, and consumes only 7W. Like Crusoe, the Efficeon is loaded with Transmeta's funky code-morphing technology.
It's a pretty safe bet that neither the Eden-N nor Efficeon will make their way into many enthusiasts' desktop systems, but the chips are quite attractive for environments where size and power consumption are top priorities. The Eden-N and Efficeon should be "fast enough" for a wide variety of different applications, too.
As neat as VIA and Transmeta's new power-sipping chips look, I can't help but wonder how long the two companies have before Intel starts making a serious play for the ultra low power consumption market. Intel's power-saving Pentium M processor has been extremely successful in Centrino-branded desktops and it may only be a matter of time before Intel targets VIA and Transmeta's market niches.