Sharp unveils first Efficeon-based notebook

Sharp has become the first personal computer maker to announce a machine based on Transmeta's Efficeon processor.

Sharp has become the first personal computer maker to announce a machine based on Transmeta's Efficeon processor.

The Sharp Mebius Muramasa PC-MM2-5NE will go on sale in Japan on 2 January and is expected to cost around £950.

The machine is based on the Efficeon TM8600, which runs at a 1GHz clock speed, and includes a 10.4-inch XGA resolution LCD, 256Mbytes of memory and a 20Gbyte hard-disc drive. ATI Technologies' Mobility Radeon graphics accelerator and IEEE802.11b/g wireless Lan are also built in.

Battery life is between 3.5 hours and 11 hours, depending on the choice of battery pack.

Like other machines in the Muramasa range, which is called Actius MM outside Japan, the Efficeon notebook is both light and thin. The notebook weighs 910 grams and the thickness ranges from 15.7mm to 19.6mm. Length and width are 251mm and 206mm respectively.

However, Sharp has no plans to sell the machine overseas.

Martyn Williams writes for IDG News Service

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