I did a basement clean up and got my old transmeta cpu up and running
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I did the long awaited basement clean up project.
lots of old geeky stuff went to the bins and recycle yards :(
The Transmeta company made chips around 2000 and made chip x86 ready though a software layer. Since I love almost anything that is not Intel it was a match made in heaven.
The best info I found about the FSI 210 was at this site:
Fujitsu-Siemens Futro S210 (ThinClient)
If you want to do a project at raspberry PI prices just go to Ebay and type Futro - they have a lot of Thin clients with other chips.
About the chip:
Comment #1 posted on 2017-11-08T20:56:15Z by Klaatu
First I've ever heard of this
Thank you for this episode. I thought I was pretty cool for embracing RISC (at least, to the degree that I have; since my iBook G4 finally died, I've been mostly RISC-less lately, ARM notwithstanding) but this Transmeta thing sounds really clever - and very obscure. Thanks for the history lesson!
Comment #2 posted on 2017-11-09T23:14:06Z by drrty
Thanks for this JWP. Upon further inspection it was surprising to see that the Transmeta Crusoe powered both the OQO Model 01 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OQO#OQO_Model_01), which I distinctly remember salivating over in 2004.
Comment #3 posted on 2017-12-29T23:23:16Z by busybusy
A Different Time
You brought back a lot of old memories when you mentioned Transmeta. I thought it was a unique potential game changer in the CPU market but it no push to be able to really break into the monolithic market forces of the time. Bummer!
Thanks for sharing your find, the story, and that it still works!! ;)
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