Transmeta partners with MS, Intel ships hybrid Celerons

By on May 6, 2003, 4:31 PM
Transmeta has been named by Microsoft Corp. as a "reference design partner" for smart display units. Although Transmeta initially intended to compete directly with AMD and Intel in the low-end market, it has done quite better lately into alternative markets such as Tablets, sub-notebooks and other devices where battery life is more of a priority than performance throughput.

[COLOR=royalblue]Smart displays are touch-screen monitors wirelessly connected to their host allowing users to access PCs from remote locations in home or office, Transmeta said. They could take the form of a handheld screen or tablet that provides the display but communicates via a wireless LAN to send user commands and to upload content. [/COLOR]

In the other hand, Intel has already recognized the potential of such alternative markets and although they haven't announced any specific products yet, Sony will build a sub-notebook based on a hybrid Celeron CPU, derivative of its new Pentium M processor (Centrino), the product will only be sold in Japan, though Intel has said this same CPU could be available to other manufacturers, if requested.

[COLOR=royalblue]The value segment mobile chip, called the Ultra Low Voltage Celeron A processor, operates at 600MHz, compared to the 900MHz lowest clock rate of Pentium M. [/COLOR]

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