Although previously slated to be released this month, Transmeta announced that its next-generation Astro chip will finally arrive in September, hoping that actual products that make use of the low-power CPU will be available before year's end.

The chip is aimed at laptops with 12- and 14-inch screens, but may also be used in high-density blade servers, small-business servers and possibly portable Ultra Personal Computer products, the company has said. Transmeta said the chip would run 50 to 80 percent faster than its current chip. The Astro, or TM8000 processor, is expected to clock in at about 1GHz.