SANTA CLARA, California -- Processor and software developer Transmeta Corp., said on Tuesday (August 12, 2003) that it would use the name Efficeon for its TM8000 microprocessor family and that processors are on course for production in the third quarter of 2003. The name is accompanied by a logo.
The TM8000/Efficeon can execute up to eight instructions per clock cycle and this enables typical, real-world applications to run about 50 percent faster per clock cycle, and multimedia applications up to 80 percent faster per clock cycle, than the current Crusoe TM5800 processor, the compamy said.
Initial customer product announcements are expected in the fourth quarter of this year, Transmeta said.
"The Efficeon name and look communicate the ideal of efficient computing that the market is embracing as we enter into this new era of smaller, more powerful, and cooler running devices," said Arthur Swift, Transmeta's senior vice president of marketing, in a statement.
Transmeta has already introduced the TM8000 to potential customers having begun sampling and demonstrated the chip at the Comdex exhibition in November 2002.
In March the company said publicly that the TM8000 has three off-chip buses: a 400-MHz clock frequency Hypertransport bus; a 200-MHz clock frequency DDR-400 double data rate memory interface; and an AGP-4X graphics interface.
The chip also includes versions of Transmeta's code morphing software, which allows it to run software compiled for x86 processors, and LongRun power and thermal management technologies (see March 10 story).
Dave Ditzel, Transmeta's co-founder and chief technology officer, is scheduled to make a presentation about the Efficeon/TM5800 at the Microprocessor Forum in San Jose, California in October.
The Efficeon processor has its own website although it had not been populated with any information when this story was first posted.