Transmeta Corp. Tuesday (Oct. 7) said that Fujitsu Ltd. has been selected as a foundry to produce Transmeta's next-generation Efficeon processor.
Volume production of Efficeon on a 90nm process is slated for the second half of 2004. Efficeon will be introduced next week with the initial version using 0.13-micron (130nm) processing.
The Fujitsu-produced 90nm Efficeon will feature transistors with a 40nm physical gate length, a 240nm metal pitch, and 11 layers of metal interconnect. Fujitsu will make the Transmeta processor at its Akiruno Technology Center in Japan.
"We conducted a worldwide investigation and found that Fujitsu's 90nm process delivered the best performance of any technology we evaluated," said Matthew Perry, president and chief executive Transmeta Santa Clara, Calif.