SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Transmeta Corp. today (Oct. 14, 2003) introduced its long-awaited Efficeon microprocessor family for low-power, x86-compatible computing.
Aimed at ultra-portable and mainstream notebook computers, the 130-nm version of the Efficeon processor family will run at clock speeds of 1-GHz and above. Systems based on the processor are expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter.
The 90-nm version of the processor will run up to 2-GHz and will ship in the second half of 2004.
The Efficeon includes a redesigned version of Transmeta's code morphing software. The microarchitecture is based on a 256-bit very long instruction word (VLSI) processor that can issue up to 8 internal instructions per clock cycle.
When combined with the new code morphing software, the chip provides compatibility with MMX, SSE and SSE2 multimedia instructions. Efficeon also supports AGP-4X graphics, DDR-400 SDRAM memories, and a HyperTransport interconnect.
Initially, the 130-nm version of Efficeon will be manufactured for Transmeta by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. Starting in the second half of 2004, the 90-nm version of Efficeon will be manufactured for Transmeta by Fujitsu Ltd.