The first low-power x86-based processor to provide hardware support for the anti-virus protection enabled by XP's SP2 has been shipped.
According to supplier Transmeta its second generation Efficeon processors, the TM8800 series, uses 90nm processes and AntiVirusNX technology.
However, Transmeta's products need additional software, LongRun, to make them compatible with other x86 chips.
Made by Fujitsu, the chips will clock up to 1.6GHz, and Transmeta said it expects to sample 2GHz products by the end of the year.
The processor reduces chip power consumption for a given clock frequency compared to the previous generation, the 130nm Efficeon TM8600 processor.
The Efficeon TM8800 processor is optimised for a wide range of computing applications and devices such as notebooks, ultra-personal computers, tablets, blade PCs and servers, cluster workstations and fanless media centres.
Systems based on the 90nm Efficeon TM8800 processor will begin shipping this month, starting with a new notebook from Sharp. The recently announced Orion Multisystems Cluster Workstation will also use the new processor.
Manek Dubash writes for Techworld.com