RLX rolls out Transmeta-based blade

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RLX rolls out Transmeta-based blade

RLX Technologies has released a Transmeta-based blade server model that runs on one of the fastest Crusoe processors to date.

RLX has been a rare animal in the server world, using Crusoe processors typically found in laptops to power large racks of blade servers. The ServerBlade 1000t from RLX will use 1GHz Crusoe chips and replace existing systems based on a 667MHz version of the processor, said RLX product manager Kim Elsey.

RLX also sells blade servers based on Intel's Pentium III processor. It positions the Crusoe systems as an answer for customers concerned about the power consumption and cooling costs of their server racks.

The Crusoe processors consume relatively little power when running at full speed and almost no power when idle, which can benefit users stacking hundreds of thin blade servers in a rack, Elsey said.

RLX has priced the 1000t server at $1,529 with one 1GHz TM5800 Crusoe, 640Mbytes of memory and no hard drive. The servers run Microsoft's Windows Server and Advanced Server and Red Hat's Linux OS.

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