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Transmeta Licenses LongRun and Low Power Computing Technology To NVIDIA Transmeta chip diagram
 
Taiwanese microprocessor and semiconductor manufacturer Transmeta has granted NVIDIA a non-exclusive license for their Long Run and LongRun2 technologies. The license allows NVIDIA access to to all of Transmeta's IP, which includes patents and patent applications for their advanced power management technology. NVIDIA has reportedly forked out a cool one-time, non-refundable license fee of $25.0 million for the privilege.
 
In the past Transmeta has actually produced  x86 processors, namely Crusoe and Efficion, although they have since moved away from manufacturing their own processors.
 
View Transmeta's press release on their site here
 
Now what are NVIDIA going to be utilising Transmeta's technology for...GPU's, chipsets or even processors?
 
If you think you know, feel free to discuss it in our forum
 
 
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04-08-2008, 07:52:42

stuartpb
Intel have shared some info on their forthcoming chip, the Larrabee.

You can find the full report here

04-08-2008, 09:11:12

daniel-kun
I'm pretty sure this first installment will be no competition to NVIDIA and ATI. It's a first try, and it's a stupid try, too. Intel's x86 architecture proofed to be very inefficient, especially when it comes to graphics. Why else does a 600MHz GPU outpower a 3000MHz CPU by such a huge factor? When you try to software-render a frame that your GPU laughs about, your CPU will be hot on fire.

Well anyways, even if the architecture was good, there's nothing big to expect from a new technology entering the field based on old stuff. I for one am not excited.

04-08-2008, 11:15:08

Hassan
Its gonna put more stress on developers to make applications make full use of the CPU
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