Transmeta is distributing samples of its next-generation mobile processor, Efficeon, to customers, with the aim of releasing it in volume by the end of the third quarter.
The new chip promises performance increases up to 50% over Transmeta's Crusoe mobile chip.
Transmeta garnered a lot of attention when Crusoe was released in 2000. A mobile chip known for its miserly power consumption, Crusoe became popular in Japanese notebooks, but has never quite caught on in the rest of the world.
Hewlett-Packard used Crusoe in its Tablet PC, and Microsoft certified Crusoe for use with Smart Displays, but that recognition has not translated into much revenue for Transmeta.
The company will continue to sell the Crusoe chip when Efficeon is released, but will target Crusoe for embedded applications and industrial equipment.
Efficeon will become Transmeta's main product for notebooks, and is also expected to find its way into slim desktop PCs and blade servers.
Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service