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Transmeta offers developer's kit for Crusoe chip

Transmeta has released a system development kit for its flagship TM5800 processor which, the company claimed, would simplify the...

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Transmeta has released a system development kit for its flagship TM5800 processor which, the company claimed, would simplify the creation of computer designs featuring its Crusoe processor.

The kit will ship as a working motherboard with an 800MHz Crusoe TM5800 processor and include schematics, design guides, processor specifications and additional items.

Designers will also find a 3D video graphics accelerator, Ethernet capability, three PCI (peripheral component interconnect) slots, USB (universal serial bus) support, and slots for both DDR SODIMM (double data rate small outline dual inline memory module) and SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM) DIMM memory formats.

Crusoe is based on the x86 architecture, and works with several versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system and distributions of the Linux operating system.

The chip is known for its low power consumption, and is aimed at mobile and embedded PCs.

However, the Crusoe recently entered the desktop market in the US with a 900MHz TM5800 Crusoe chip in a PC from NEC.

Interested designers can purchase a kit for $995 (£644) from Transmeta's Web site, or through distributors.

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