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Transmeta launches processors in 21-by-21mm package

Posted: 09 Jan 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:transmeta? crusoe? tm5700? tm5900? microprocessor?

Transmeta Corp. has introduced its Crusoe TM5700 and TM5900 microprocessors that feature an integrated Northbridge and are available in a 21-by-21mm package for increased design flexibility.

Enabling smaller form factors for x86-compatible, energy efficient mobile and embedded computing, the products are suitable for applications that require high performance processing within small and thermally constrained environments, including thin clients, blade servers, printers, copiers, point-of-sale terminals, smart displays, portable consumer devices, ultra-personal computers (UPCs) and STBs.

The TM5700 and TM5900 processors provide the low-power and high-performance characteristics of the company?s 128-bit VLIW (very long instruction word) engine, which issues up to 4 instructions per clock cycle. This architecture includes fully integrated on-chip Northbridge core logic, reducing chip count and power requirements and decreasing the size and cost of the PCB.

The processors offer up to 1GHz of x86-compatible performance and incorporate integer and floating-point execution units, separate 64KB instruction and data caches, a 512KB (TM5900) or 256KB (TM5700) L2 write-back cache, a 64-bit DDR SDRAM memory controller and a 32-bit PCI controller.

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