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Transmeta Crusoe shrinks to 0.15 micron

According to its Taiwan fab, anyway

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Transmeta's Taiwanese fab partner, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TMSC), has begun sampling 0.15 micron Crusoe CPUs, according to Taiwan business paper the Commercial Times.

If accurate, that's an impressive leap over the 0.18 micron process Transmeta originally specified at Crusoe's launch, and should allow the company to get its chip family's low power consumption even lower.

TMSC's 'leak' to CT is actually little more than a puff-piece for the semiconductor company, which claims that its "persistent efforts to access the CPU market" were "spurned" by Intel and AMD.

Chipzilla and the Col. Sanders' lesser lizard will clearly rue the day, though, since "TSMC may now be about to turn the tables on them through its tie with Transmeta. The launch of Transmeta's innovative Crusoe chip early in 2000 has taken the spotlight away from Intel's Celeron chip". So there. ®

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