Transmeta's Next Generation TM8000 Processor to Implement LPC Flash
Technologies from Sharp Microelectronics and STMicroelectronics
Transmeta Corporation (Nasdaq:TMTA), the leader in efficient computing, today
announced that its next generation TM8000 processor incorporates Low Pin Count
(LPC) Flash technologies from Sharp Microelectronics and STMicroelectronics.
These technologies bolster Transmeta's goal of efficient computing by offering
design flexibility, industry standard support and enhanced security.
Flash allows for fewer signals and support components while enhancing design
simplicity. Sharp, STMicroelectronics and Transmeta are combining the benefits
of proven reliability with energy efficiency and competitive cost in new,
16-megabit density LPC technology products.
"Thanks to the collaboration with Transmeta's TM8000 design team, we have
fine tuned the LPC Flash specification," said Giuseppe Crisenza, vice president
of the memory products group at STMicroelectronics. "The addition of the
M50LPW116 makes ST the provider of a complete portfolio of Flash for computer
applications ranging from high end servers and notebooks to low cost personal
computers. We are committed to lead this market and to support highly innovative
processor designers such as Transmeta."
"Sharp is committed to supporting the needs of our chip customers by
developing LPC Flash that are fast enough to support the design requirements of
end applications," said Mark Hampson, senior manager of IC marketing, Sharp
Microelectronics of the Americas. "Our space efficient, 32 pin TSOP meets the
space requirements of the mobile computing marketplace."
Part of an expanded family offering, the Sharp LHF00L01 and the
STMicroelectronics M50LPW116 support Transmeta's next generation, energy
efficient TM8000 processor and are the first 16-megabit devices in the market
compliant with the new LPC standard. This technology is faster than existing
serial Flash interfaces and provides security enhancements as it is connected
and directly controlled by the TM8000 processor.
"The next generation TM8000 advances Transmeta's vision for efficient and
reliable computing," said Dr. Matthew R. Perry, president and CEO, Transmeta
Corporation. "We are able to offer customers high quality, differentiated system
solutions as a result of close relationships with leading companies such as
Sharp and STMicroelectronics."
Transmeta's energy efficient TM8000 processor is on schedule for production
in the third quarter of this year. The TM8000 processor, targeting mobile and
high end embedded markets, is an enhanced design of the company's Crusoe
processor architecture for improved performance and energy efficiency.
Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas, Camas, Wash., is a U.S.-based company
and a division of SHARP Electronics Corporation, which is a subsidiary of SHARP
Corporation, Osaka, Japan. SHARP is a worldwide developer of core digital
technologies that are playing an integral role in shaping the next generation of
electronic products for consumer and business needs. Sharp Microelectronics of
the Americas offers breakthrough memory, LCD, opto, CCD, RF/IR, microcomputer
and system-on-chip components, along with packaging and integration skills that
help design engineers throughout North and South America bring their ambitious
ideas to market. Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas is dedicated to
improving people's lives through the use of advanced technology and a commitment
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STMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering
semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. An
unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing strength,
Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners positions the
Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and its products
play a key role in enabling today's convergence markets. The Company's shares
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Stock Exchange. In 2002, the Company's net revenues were $6.32 billion and net
earnings were $429.4 million. Further information on ST can be found at http://www.st.com.