Here's our Hardware Tip for.. September 5, 2003
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Longer Battery Life Means Slower Performance
ou've heard the saying, "The more things change, the more they remain the same." Transmeta's Crusoe processor proves this adage once again.
The underlying theory of Transmeta's chip was to offer longer battery life than traditional mobile processors while maintaining a high level of performance. This theory went against the computing performance maxim that longer battery life means slower performance.
>From initial performance test reports, it appears that the Crusoe
falls more in line with the old maxim. Yes, mobile devices like the Sony VAIO PictureBook PCG-C1VN that are based on the Crusoe run much longer on a single charge than similarly configured notebooks, but unfortunately they perform more slowly.