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Crusoe RoadMap

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Abstract: A look to the future for Crusoe shows two distinct areas of development, the TM5x00 and the TM3x00 series. One path leads to Web Pads, the other, Notebooks...
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External Mfg. Website: Transmeta Oct 19 2000   Max Page  
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Crusoe Road Map


The Crusoe processor currently coming onto the market in Sony, Fujitsu, and NEC notebooks is the TM5600, and in the web arena, the TM3400. A look to the future for Crusoe shows two distinct areas of development, the TM5x00 series and the TM3x00 series.

TM5x00 series Crusoe processors are the heavy weights and are designed to run in conjunction with the Microsoft OS. These Crusoe processors can be found in sub-notebooks, and their variants, and contain better power management then their cousins.

The TM3x00 series are destined to be running x86 instructions in the Linux (or Mobile Linux) environment. These Crusoe processors are meant for the Web Pad or Internet Appliance market, an area which has only just begun to develop.

Crusoe Road Map:

TM3x00 series (Web Pads) TM5x00 Series (Notebooks)
TM3120 TM3200 TM3300 TM3400 TM5400 TM5600 TM5800
Maximum Speed Range (Mhz) 400 333-400 400 366-500 500-700 533-800 600-1000
Level 1 Cache (data) 96KB 32Kb 64Kb 64Kb 64Kb 64Kb 64Kb
Level 1 Cache (instructional) N/A 64Kb 64Kb 64Kb 64Kb 64Kb 64Kb
Level 2 Cache None None None 256Kb 256Kb 512Kb 512Kb-1Mb
PCI bus interface Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SDR SDRAM controller Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DDR SDRAM controller No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Power management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
LongRun power management No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
VLIW instruction length 128 Bits 128 Bits 128 Bits 128 Bits 128 Bits 128 Bits 128 Bits
Die technology .22 micron .22 micron .18 micron .18 micron .18 micron .18 micron .13 micron
Available Cancelled Cancelled 2001 2001 2000 2000 2001

The processor getting the most publicity at the moment is the TM5600, which has debuted in the Sony Vaio C1VNFujitsu Biblo Loox S & T, NEC LaVie MX, and will soon pop-up in a Hitachi notebook. Gateway and AOL are still in development of a WebPad using the TM5600.

It will be interesting to see how the TM5800 compares when Transmeta introduce this processor with the potential to reach 1.0Ghz.

At the moment the WebPad roadmap for the TM3x00 series looks like it has reached its zenith. With the TM3400 currently in both the FIC Aqua, and FrontPath's ProGear, it's implementation is a year ahead of the projected timeframe.

News that the TM3200 has been shelved means unless Transmeta has another TM3x00 iteration up their sleeves this is the final Crusoe destined for this market segment at the moment, or for the foreseeable future (you decide...). Odd, as this is perhaps the area where Transmeta can foster the highest growth. What could be better than a largely untapped market? What is your opinion? Post it here!


 

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