Transmeta Announces Industry-Wide Support for Ultra-Personal Computer
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
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
Antelope Technologies -- www.antelopetech.com
"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 -- www.oqo.com
"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 -- www.vulcan.com
"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."
Cornice -- www.corniceco.com
"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
Silicon Motion -- www.siliconmotion.com
"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 -- www.thinkoutside.com
"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 -- www.ali.com.tw
"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."
iMagic Software -- www.imagicsoftware.com
"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 -- www.penandinternet.com
"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
"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
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.
To learn more about Transmeta, visit www.transmeta.com.