Transmeta racks up more server support

Chip maker Transmeta Corp. added another name to its server customer line-up Wednesday with an announcement that FiberCycle Inc. will use its processors for ultra high-density servers.

Transmeta uses a software-centric approach to lower the power consumption of its chips. While Transmeta processors have found their way into laptops and other Internet-enabled devices, the company has failed to make much headway in the server market. It took until late February for the release of the first Transmeta-based servers by Rebel.com Inc. FiberCycle will now also use Transmeta's Crusoe processor in its WebBunker family of Content Acceleration Systems. By using the low-power technology, FiberCycle expects it can provide clients with data center servers able to handle heavy increases in Web traffic without pulling more energy.

Like Transmeta, FiberCycle uses a combination of hardware and software to pack more processing power into a small space. The company claims its can use its WebBunker technology to put up to 504 processors in a 2-meter data center rack. This compares to more traditional similar systems which use between 40 and 84 processors, according to a statement. WebBunker units can hold 12 processors -- each with 512 M bytes of RAM -- into chassis which are 2 server units (3.5 inches or 8.75 centimeters) high and 14 inches deep.

The WebBunker systems should be available by April of this year. FiberCycle will charge US$10,900 per 6 CPU system.

Transmeta, in Santa Clara, California, can be reached at +1-408-919-3000 or http://www.transmeta.com/.

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