Transmeta Releases Details On 90nm CPU

Details about the processor were revealed at In-Stat/MDR’s Fall Processor Forum in San Jose, California.

The single chip Efficeon TM8800 is specified as featuring a high performance processor core capable of issuing up to eight internal instructions per clock, an integrated DDR-400 memory interface and an AGP-4X high-speed graphics interface. Connection to other chips is made through a high performance HyperTransport interface.

Using an industry-leading 90nm process technology, the new second generation Efficeon TM8800 processor achieves significantly improved speed and efficiency over the prior 130nm generation. Previously, the 130nm Efficeon TM8600 processor achieved 1 GHz speeds at a maximum power of 7 watts. With the new 90nm technology, the Efficeon TM8800 is expected to achieve comparable 1 GHz speeds using a mere 3 watts maximum power. The 1.6 GHz Efficeon TM8800 processor is already in limited production and shipping in Sharp’s new PC-MP50G and PC-MP70G notebook computers in Japan. Transmeta will also demonstrate a technology preview of the new Efficeon TM8800 processor running at 2 GHz at the Fall Processor Forum.

“The 90nm Efficeon TM8800 provides a major boost in performance while maintaining the low power consumption needed for today’s demanding devices and applications,” said Matthew R. Perry, president and CEO of Transmeta Corporation.

The Efficeon TM8800 features AntiVirusNX(TM) technology and is the first low power x86-microprocessor to provide support for the anti-virus protection enabled in the currently available Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). The Efficeon TM8800 processor and future versions of the Efficeon processor will provide AntiVirusNX capability to protect against the execution of code from memory regions intended for data, when used in conjunction with the Data Execution Protection feature shipping from Microsoft in Windows XP SP2.

In addition, the next version of the Efficeon TM8800, which is scheduled for later this year, is expected to be the first low power x86-microprocessor to provide support for the new x86 instruction extensions for multimedia and video processing known as “SSE-3.” The new SSE-3 instructions can improve performance for applications such as video decompression.

The 90nm TM8800 Efficeon is being manufactured at Fujitsu Electronic Devices Group’s Akiruno Technology Center near Tokyo. Using Fujitsu’s advanced 90nm CMOS semiconductor technology enables smaller die sizes and reduced manufacturing costs, as well as lower power and higher performance. Fujitsu’s technology provides Efficeon with an industry leading transistor design capable of reaching 40-nm physical gate lengths and eight layers of high speed metal interconnect.

The Efficeon TM8800 is targeted at a wide range of computing devices such as thin-and-light notebook computers, mainstream notebooks, ultra-personal computers (UPCs), tablet PC’s, BladePCs, cluster workstations and fanless media centers.

Gaming

New ‘Battlefield V’ patch gives Nvidia’s ray tracing support a chance to shine

‘Battlefield V’ is the first game to use Nvidia’s ray tracing support, now available with the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti graphics cards. The feature can, in an ideal scenario, make the game look better, but the performance hit may not be…
Computing

Intel's 9th-gen chips could power your next rig. Here's what you need to know

The Intel Core i9-9900K processor was the star of the show for consumers, but a powerful 28-core Xeon processor also led announcements. Here's everything you need to know about the latest Intel chipsets.
Computing

In 2018, the rivalry between AMD and Intel has become more interesting than ever

When it comes to selecting a CPU for your PC, there's no shortage of chips for you to choose from. With Ryzen, Threadripper, and Core i9 CPUs though, the AMD vs. Intel argument is muddier than ever.
Computing

Changing file associations in Windows 10 is quick and easy with these steps

Learning how to change file associations can make editing certain file types much quicker than manually selecting your preferred application every time you open them. Just follow these short steps and you'll be on your way in no time.
Computing

Intel's dedicated GPU is not far off -- here's what we know

Did you hear? Intel is working on a dedicated graphics card. It's called Arctic Sound and though we don't know a lot about it, we know that Intel has some ex-AMD Radeon graphics engineers developing it.
Computing

Edit, sign, append, and save with six of the best PDF editors

There are plenty of PDF editors to be had online, and though the selection is robust, finding a solid solution with the tools you need can be tough. Here, we've rounded up best PDF editors, so you can edit no matter your budget or OS.
Computing

How to easily record your laptop screen with apps you already have

Learning how to record your computer screen shouldn't be a challenge. Lucky for you, our comprehensive guide lays out how to do so using a host of methods, including both free and premium utilities, in both MacOS and Windows 10.
Computing

From beautiful to downright weird, check out these great dual monitor wallpapers

Multitasking with two monitors doesn't necessarily mean you need to split your screens with two separate wallpapers. From beautiful to downright weird, here are our top sites for finding the best dual monitor wallpapers for you.
Computing

Capture screenshots with print screen and a few alternative methods

Capturing a screenshot of your desktop is easier than you might think, and it's the kind of thing you'll probably need to know. Here's how to perform the important function in just a few, easy steps.
Computing

These cheap laptops will make you wonder why anyone spends more

Looking for a budget notebook for school, work, or play? The best budget laptops, including our top pick -- the Asus ZenBook UX331UA -- will get the job done without digging too deeply into your pockets.
Mobile

Vanquish lag for good with the best routers for gaming

Finding the best routers for gaming is no easy task. With so many out there, how do you know which to pick? We've looked at the many options available and put together a list of our lag-free favorites.
Computing

Stop your PC's vow of silence with these tips on how to fix audio problems

Sound problems got you down? Don't worry, with a few tweaks and tricks we'll get your sound card functioning as it should, and you listening to your favorite tunes and in-game audio in no time.
Product Review

It's not the sharpest tool, but the Surface Go does it all for $400

Microsoft has launched the $400 Surface Go to take on both the iPad and Chromebooks, all without compromising its core focus on productivity. Does it work as both a tablet and a PC?
Deals

These Raspberry Pi 3 bundles will cover everyone, from coders to gamers

The Raspberry Pi 3 is a low-budget computing platform capable of doing just about anything. We rounded up a handful of the best Raspberry Pi 3 bundles to get you started on a variety of DIY projects.