Chip maker Transmeta is to sell processors running at lower temperatures and that consume less power so that they can be embedded in small devices without the need for a fan.
According to Bloomberg News, Transmeta will begin selling the chips, based on Intel's x86 design, today.
Transmeta's Special Embedded processors will run at speeds of 667MHz, 800 MHz and 933 MHz. The 667 MHz version will cost $50 (£31) per chip.
The chips' ability to deliver fast processing speeds while keeping power use low and generating little heat makes them useful in settings such as oil rigs and fast-food restaurants.
One possible use could also be in devices that monitor fuel levels in petrol station storage tanks.
Salt water, greasy air and other environmental factors often require electronic devices to be sealed, which makes a fan impractical, according to the company.
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