Transmeta's Efficeon Processor Provides High Performance and Energy
Efficiency for High Density HP Blade PC; Blade PC Enables Maximum Value for the
Transmeta Corporation, the leader in efficient computing, today announced
that its high performance, energy efficient Efficeon(TM) processor is now
available in the HP Blade PC bc1000 as part of the HP Consolidated Client
Infrastructure (CCI) architecture. Built on revolutionary and proven
hardware/software architecture, the Efficeon processor is an intelligent,
sensible alternative to competitive offerings. Efficeon offers freedom of choice
for those seeking best-in-class chip set components and gives product vendors
the ability to build in added value, functionality, security, comfort,
reliability and cost savings.
"Transmeta's Efficeon processors provide HP Blade PC bc1000 users with an
exceptional combination of the high performance they expect from the latest PC
technology and energy efficiency to lower operational costs," said Arthur L.
Swift, senior vice president of marketing for Transmeta. "The Efficeon processor
is instrumental in enabling very high compute density for these innovative HP
systems, in a market where performance per watt in a given unit of space is
critical to customers."
The HP CCI solution virtualizes the desktop PC by moving computing resources
to easily managed, highly secure blade PCs. Transmeta's Efficeon processor is an
exceptional match for HP's CCI solution because the processor's energy efficient
characteristics enable HP's blade PC to achieve very high compute density in a
small form factor. The blade PC system contains up to 20 blades per enclosure
and 14 enclosures per 42U rack, for a total of 280 blades per 42U rack.
In a market where air conditioning expenses for computer cooling and space
considerations rival system costs, Transmeta's processor technology contributes
to a reduction in total cost of ownership for end customers. The Efficeon
processor balances energy efficiency with high performance to provide an
exceptional end user experience for customers.
The industry-standard HP CCI solution consists of an access device -- an HP
Compaq Thin Client with Transmeta's Crusoe(R) processor -- that connects through
a secure log-in to the HP Blade PC bc1000 and network storage located in a
centralized data center, consolidating computing and storage resources for
better security and manageability while maintaining a high-quality, personalized
desktop experience for end users.
"IDC believes that the introduction of new high-performance Blade PC
solutions paired with thin clients represent an important new direction for the
thin client market," said Bob O'Donnell, director, personal technology at IDC.
"Not only can these new solutions address the performance concerns of the IT
managers, they can ultimately reduce the total cost of ownership and increase
the return on investment."
Although CCI allows access to server-based applications and is compatible
with such implementations, it is unlike traditional server-based computing in
that each user is dynamically allocated to a single bc1000 and its applications
during each log-on session. The Blade PC bc1000 features a 1 GHz Transmeta
Efficeon TM8000 processor, 40 gigabyte ultra ATA/100 hard drive and up to 1024
megabytes of double data rate SDRAM.
"The availability of the HP blade PC bc1000 rounds out the HP CCI solution,
offering customers an adaptive computing model that dramatically maximizes IT
value through reduced support costs and a simplified client environment that is
easier to support, maintain and manage, while at the same time providing
increased agility, security and user productivity," said Keith LeFebvre, vice
president of business PCs, North America Personal Systems Group, HP. "Today,
according to recent reports, companies may spend as much as $8,000(1) to
maintain a traditional PC throughout its lifecycle; CCI can cut that IT spend in
half for a large enterprise customer, and save up to $1,200 in support costs per
user each year versus a traditional desktop PC."(2)
Additional information about the HP blade PC bc1000 and the HP Consolidated
Client Infrastructure Solution is available at www.hp.com/go/cci.
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.