Transmeta, Sharp Team Up For 2-LB Notebook

From Transmeta’s press release:

Combining the exceptional performance and responsiveness of Transmeta’s Efficeon TM8600 processor with Sharp’s high-density technology, the Actius MM20 provides users with a high-performance and energy efficient notebook computer that enhances battery life while offering substantial computing power in a thin and light design. Because of the improvements that the Efficeon TM8600 processor provides, the Actius MM20 is able to process up to twice the number of instructions per clock cycle of the Actius MM10, enabling users to run applications faster. The Efficeon TM8600 processor also gives the Actius MM20 a substantial improvement in battery life. The notebook can operate up to three hours using the standard battery, and up to nine hours using the extended life battery option.

“The Transmeta Efficeon TM8600 processor provides exceptional computing performance, coupled with efficiency in battery life and a quiet, fanless design, making it an ideal processor for the ultraportable Sharp Actius MM20 form factor,” said Terry Hanly, product marketing manager at Sharp Systems of America. “Actius MM20 users will be delighted with the amount of computing power that they have in a unit so incredibly thin and light, and will be satisfied with the amount of time that the battery life will allow them to use it.”

Available for order immediately, the Actius MM20 notebook weighs just two pounds and offers improvements in processing power, memory, battery life, hard drive size, and wireless networking speed. The new notebook, just 0.62 inches thick at its thinnest point, also includes improvements in graphics performance, keyboard layout, and includes a new ‘mobile mode switch’ which allows users to extend battery life when it is needed the most. The Actius MM20 also features Sharp’s DirectHD technology and SharpSync software, allowing Actius MM20 users to easily transfer files and seamlessly maintain data consistency between multiple computers.

“Sharp’s strong commitment to innovation is clearly visible in the new MM20,” said Arthur L. Swift, senior vice president of marketing. “The ultra-thin and light MM20 represents an ideal showcase for the outstanding performance and energy efficiency inherent in Efficeon.”

The Sharp Actius MM20 notebook computer is designed for users who need fast and reliable computing in a highly mobile environment. Equipped for wireless connectivity via integrated 802.11g Wi-Fi, the Actius MM20 notebook provides users with a lightweight, wirelessly enabled notebook that serves as the perfect adjunct to a desktop machine through the functionality of DirectHD technology and SharpSync

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