Toshiba to introduce Crusoe-based Libretto

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Toshiba to introduce Crusoe-based Libretto

Toshiba is set to offer Japanese customers a model of its Libretto mini-notebook based on Transmeta's Crusoe processor later this month.

The Toshiba Libretto L1/060TNMM will be built around a 600MHz Crusoe processor and will sport a 10-inch SXGA (super extended graphics array) TFT (thin film transistor) screen with a 1280 x 600 resolution. The notebook will weigh 2.4 pounds and has up to a 14-hour battery life, using an optional battery.

The Libretto also includes 128Mbytes of RAM (expandable to 256Mbytes), a 10Gbyte hard drive, USB (universal serial bus) and i-link (FireWire) ports, as well as a 56Kbps modem, Bluetooth wireless networking capabilities and Microsoft Windows ME. The mini-notebook will measure 26.7 cm wide by 16.7 cm deep by 2 cm thick.

Transmeta's Crusoe chip is a low-power consumption processor aimed at ultra-portables, PCs and embedded devices. The chip allows for longer battery life, but is slightly slower than other processors running at the same clock speed.

The Libretto L1/060TNMM will be available from 18 May in Japan. Toshiba is also planning a similar product for North America, according to Steve Andler, vice president of marketing for Toshiba Computer Systems Group.

Transmeta already supplies its portable chips to Sony and NEC.

Contact Toshiba at http://www.toshiba.co.jp/ .

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