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Ultra-Personal Computer 'UPC' Platform
Date: Wednesday January 14, 2004
Category: Mobile Devices
Manufacturer Link: transmeta
UPCs deliver the power and performance of a desktop computer, in a handheld PDA-sized form factor.

Transmeta Announces Industry-Wide Support for Ultra-Personal Computer 'UPC' Platform

Transmeta Corporation (Nasdaq:TMTA), the leader in efficient computing, today announced industry-wide support to develop and deliver Ultra-Personal Computers (UPCs), a brand new product category, into the computer marketplace. This collaborative initiative is comprised of a core group of leading technology companies including OEM manufacturers, key component developers and major software vendors.

UPCs deliver the power and performance of a desktop computer, the functionality of a laptop computer and the ability to run a full version of Microsoft Windows(R) XP in a handheld PDA-sized form factor. The emergence of the UPC product category is made possible by the low power consumption and reduced heat dissipation characteristics of the Transmeta Efficeon(TM) and Crusoe(R) families of high-performance processors.

"With the growing list of companies supporting the UPC category, we see the potential for a revolution to take place in the computer industry," said Dr. Matthew R. Perry, president and CEO of Transmeta. "Not only are more and more companies designing new innovative ways to use our processors in Ultra-Personal Computers, but additional companies are offering support in software, hardware and peripherals for the UPC segment, which may ultimately bring the benefits of UPC computing to millions of users world-wide."

UPCs address the growing needs of consumers and enterprise users who need a single, portable device capable of running all of the applications that they already use on their desktop and notebook PCs. Users require generous storage capacity for large documents and media, robust email capabilities for receiving and reading large email attachments and the ability to download and view multimedia files any place at any time.

"We are pleased with Transmeta's focus on continuing to enhance the power and performance of Windows-based mobile PCs," said Larry Engel, general manager of the Mobile PC Business Unit for Microsoft. "They are working to enable the full power of Windows XP into an increasingly mobile form factor, allowing users to work smarter and faster, from more places."

Additionally, UPCs will allow users to have a single operating system for all of their data, eliminating or dramatically simplifying the synchronization between multiple devices. No longer will users have to spend hours every month keeping their data synced, or be forced to use partial-functionality file formats on their mobile devices. This advance enables seamless portability of modern multimedia content and ultimately can save both time and money for consumers and the enterprise market.

"It is our opinion that the Ultra-Personal Computer is a valuable product category and has real potential for growth within various enterprise and consumer markets," said Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies. "Our projected forecasts see a tremendous adoption rate for this category and expect sales of UPCs to grow from 350,000 units in 2004 to 1.8 million units in 2006."

Transmeta's strategic partners supporting Efficeon and/or Crusoe include the following companies:

UPC Developers

Antelope Technologies --

"Antelope has been able to develop its Modular Computing Core (MCC), thanks to the low thermal profile and advanced power management capabilities associated with Transmeta's processors" said Kenneth Geyer, president of Antelope Technologies. "The MCC is a full PC running Windows XP Professional, but it's small enough to fit in your hand thus eliminating the need for a PDA and all the security and synchronization issues associated with it."

OQO --

"OQO is poised to help the world understand the revolutionary implications of Transmeta's processor architecture. The Transmeta VLIW silicon core and x86 Code Morphing(R) software are key technologies enabling a new type of pocketable wireless Windows computer that is finally small enough to carry with you all the time. Things are about to get interesting again in the PC industry" said Jory Bell, CEO of OQO.

Vulcan --

"Using Transmeta processors has allowed Vulcan to drive innovation in the UPC category," said John O'Halloran of Vulcan Inc. "With these recent advancements in the development of UPCs, users no longer will need to compromise between portability and functionality."

Component Manufacturers

Cornice --

"Cornice's Storage Element and Transmeta's CPUs are highly complimentary in that both products are designed to be both low cost and energy efficient," said Kevin Magenis, president and CEO of Cornice. "Together, both companies are committed to enabling OEMs to deliver highly innovative consumer electronic products that combine an ideal mix of portability, usefulness, and computing power."

Silicon Motion --

"Only now are mobile devices capable of delivering on the promise of high-quality multimedia," said Wallace Kou, president and CEO of Silicon Motion. "As a leading supplier of multimedia storage and acceleration solutions for mobile devices, Silicon Motion has developed a video solution to work in conjunction with Transmeta's processors to bring a high-quality, low-power multimedia solution to UPCs."

Think Outside --

"Think Outside has successfully designed a full-sized keyboard, the Stowaway, that can fold to fit in a pocket, which is ideally suited for mobile professionals using UPCs," said Greg van den Dries, vice president, sales and marketing for Think Outside. "The Stowaway provides a way to comfortably and conveniently write email, take notes and create reports while on the road, without the constraints of a bulky or cramped keyboard."

ULi --

"Since UPC solutions come in very small and portable form factors, component size and long battery life is of the essence," said Alex Kuo, President of ULi. "ULi has been collaborating with Transmeta to develop complementary south bridge and processor solutions that are based on small form factors yet guaranteed to extend battery life without compromising performance."

Software Vendors

iMagic Software --

"Because UPCs are highly portable, the need to secure data becomes paramount and iMagic has developed a new level of security with its Trustable Passwords(TM) program," said Steven Bender, CEO at iMagic Software. "Our technology recognizes people by the way they type, which combines fingerprint accuracy with the simplicity of simple passwords. UPCs are inherently personal, it is only fitting that they learn to recognize their owner."

Pen&Internet --

"Pen&Internet has developed a complete suite of electronic ink applications that are ideally suited for everyday use with Ultra Personal Computers," said Leonid Kitainik, general manager of Pen&Internet. "Our riteForm, riteMail and ritePen products address the needs for powerful note-taking, handwriting recognition and advanced electronic ink solutions for UPC users."


"Pumatech offers technology that is capable of providing both file transfer and PIM synchronization between standard PCs and UPCs," explained John Stossel, CTO for Pumatech. "Whether UPC users need to sync files from a laptop or desktop PC to their UPC, replicate information between groupware/PIM applications such as Outlook, or simply back up data to a server, our technology assures they have the correct data where they want it."

Transmeta will be hosting individual press demonstrations of the latest in Efficeon and Crusoe innovations and devices at the CES Conference on January 8-11, 2004 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall Upper Level Room 23231.

About the Transmeta Efficeon Processor

The Transmeta Efficeon processor is designed to provide power efficiency, design flexibility, performance-on-demand and low cost to meet the need of the next generation of mobile, wireless, and embedded devices. It includes three new high performance bus interfaces: an on-chip HyperTransport(TM) bus interface for increased input/output efficiency, an on-chip Double Data Rate (DDR) SDRAM memory interface for increased throughput, and an on-chip AGP graphics interface for high performance graphics solutions. These new interfaces allow Efficeon to achieve more work per clock, which results in greater energy efficiency and longer battery life for mobile computer users. The Transmeta Efficeon processor's dynamic LongRun(R) power management features and integrated architecture are designed to give system designers and marketers a wide range of choices in creating products that deliver added value, functionality, security, comfort, reliability, and cost savings to end users.

About Transmeta Corporation

Founded in 1995, Transmeta Corporation designs, develops and sells highly efficient x86-compatible software-based microprocessors that deliver a compelling balance of low power consumption, high performance, low cost and small size. We announced our first Crusoe family of processors in 2000, and we introduced our new Efficeon family of processors in October 2003. Our products are valuable for diverse computing platforms demanding energy efficiency, low heat and x86 software compatibility. We also develop advanced power management technologies for controlling leakage and increasing power efficiency in semiconductor and computing devices.

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