Transmeta formally announced details about its new 90nm Efficeon TM8800
processor. Details about the processor were revealed at In-Stat/MDR’s Fall
Processor Forum in San Jose, California. The next version of the Efficeon
TM8800, which is scheduled for later this year, is expected to be the first low
power x86-microprocessor to provide support for the new x86 instruction
extensions for multimedia and video processing known as "SSE-3." The new SSE-3
instructions can improve performance for applications such as video
decompression.

  • Up to eight internal instructions per clock
  • Integrated DDR-400 memory interface
  • AGP-4X high-speed graphics interface
  • HyperTransport interface.
  • 1 GHz speeds using a mere 3 watts maximum power
  • AntiVirusNX(TM) technology

Transmeta formally announced details about its new 90-nanometer (90nm)
Efficeon(TM) TM8800 processor. Details about the processor were revealed at
In-Stat/MDR’s Fall Processor Forum in San Jose, California.

The single chip Efficeon TM8800 is specified as featuring a high performance
processor core capable of issuing up to eight internal instructions per clock,
an integrated DDR-400 memory interface and an AGP-4X high-speed graphics
interface. Connection to other chips is made through a high performance
HyperTransport interface.

Using an industry-leading 90nm process technology, the new second generation
Efficeon TM8800 processor achieves significantly improved speed and efficiency
over the prior 130nm generation. Previously, the 130nm Efficeon TM8600 processor
achieved 1 GHz speeds at a maximum power of 7 watts. With the new 90nm
technology, the Efficeon TM8800 is expected to achieve comparable 1 GHz speeds
using a mere 3 watts maximum power. The 1.6 GHz Efficeon TM8800 processor is
already in limited production and shipping in Sharp’s new PC-MP50G and PC-MP70G
notebook computers in Japan. Transmeta will also demonstrate a technology
preview of the new Efficeon TM8800 processor running at 2 GHz at the Fall
Processor Forum.

"The 90nm Efficeon TM8800 provides a major boost in performance while
maintaining the low power consumption needed for today’s demanding devices and
applications," said Matthew R. Perry, president and CEO of Transmeta
Corporation.

The Efficeon TM8800 features AntiVirusNX(TM) technology and is the first low
power x86-microprocessor to provide support for the anti-virus protection
enabled in the currently available Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).
The Efficeon TM8800 processor and future versions of the Efficeon processor will
provide AntiVirusNX capability to protect against the execution of code from
memory regions intended for data, when used in conjunction with the Data
Execution Protection feature shipping from Microsoft in Windows XP SP2.

In addition, the next version of the Efficeon TM8800, which is scheduled for
later this year, is expected to be the first low power x86-microprocessor to
provide support for the new x86 instruction extensions for multimedia and video
processing known as "SSE-3." The new SSE-3 instructions can improve performance
for applications such as video decompression.

The 90nm TM8800 Efficeon is being manufactured at Fujitsu Electronic Devices
Group’s Akiruno Technology Center near Tokyo. Using Fujitsu’s advanced 90nm CMOS
semiconductor technology enables smaller die sizes and reduced manufacturing
costs, as well as lower power and higher performance. Fujitsu’s technology
provides Efficeon with an industry leading transistor design capable of reaching
40-nm physical gate lengths and eight layers of high speed metal interconnect.

The Efficeon TM8800 is targeted at a wide range of computing devices such as
thin-and-light notebook computers, mainstream notebooks, ultra-personal
computers (UPCs), tablet PC’s, BladePCs, cluster workstations and fanless media
centers.