Transmeta will today [Thursday] tell customers in Tokyo that it will ship its low battery consumption TM5800 chip from next month, and that the chip will process data at the long promised speed of 1Ghz.
The much delayed 1Ghz launch, originally scheduled for last winter, continues the firm's policy of putting the Asian market first, following it being cold-shouldered by US notebook manufacturers.
Both Sony and Toshiba use Transmeta's Crusoe chips for parts of their laptop range, but last Autumn, IBM decided not to switch to Transmeta's chips as it claimed its power savings weren't good enough.
But analysts reckon it will be just a matter of time before Transmeta chips are used by US notebook vendors as an alternative to Intel, in smaller models.
The new TM5800 chip will be almost 50 per cent quicker than Intel's faster low-consumption chip for laptops, and twice as quick as Intel's lowest-drain chips.
It will be made using 0.13 micron processing and carry a core voltage of 0.9-1.3V, down from the 1.1-1.6V in previous models.
Using 0.13 micron processing reduces the size of chip circuits, allowing more functions to be added to a single chip. It also adds more chips to each silicon wafer, the material from which chips are cut and packaged.
Transmeta is battling to win market share off Intel through quicker chips that are also easier on laptop batteries. The firm promises chips next year that will be "two to three" times better.
Intel has said it will release an upgraded version of its low-powered chips, also made using 0.13 micron processing.
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