The company, which made a name for itself by designing small, power-efficient chips for notebooks, said it designed the new Crusoe TM5700 and TM5900 chips to offer the same attributes for hardware ranging from computer terminals and blade servers to printers, copiers and consumer devices.

The 1GHz-capable chips, which are half the size of their TM5800 predecessor, come in packages that measure just 21 millimeters by 21 millimeters. That means they can fit more easily inside devices such blade servers, Transmeta said in a statement. It's also likely to help customers who use the chips to design smaller devices as well.

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