December 20, 2000

What next for Crusoe?

Author: JT Smith

A recent article in MIT's Technology Review said that the Crusoe chip had put most of the functionality normally expected in hardware into a software layer. With a 128-bit bus, it was consequently capable of running 32-bit Intel applications at a comparable speed to native Intel hardware. A quick examination of the Transmeta site indicates that Technology Review was merely giving a review of what Transmeta had succeeded in doing. Transmeta had succeeded in placing much of the operating functionality of the commonplace or garden variety silicon into software. The column is at OS Opinion. -Kelly McNeill


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