Transmeta on Tuesday released a software development tool for its Crusoe processor and for developing embedded mobile devices that use Microsoft Windows CE .Net and Windows XP Embedded operating systems.
The kit is meant for the Crusoe model TM5800 processor and is designed to facilitate system design, reduce board space and improve performance of Windows CE .Net.
Transmeta said the kit uses its LongRun power management technology that adjusts voltage and clock frequency to conserve power. This makes its suitable for embedded handheld devices, smart displays and thin clients. The kit has optimized device drivers for the Windows CE .Net 4.2 operating systems. A CE .Net boot loader will facilitate development of a variety of CE .Net-based devices.
Transmeta, which made a name for itself by designing small, power-efficient chips for notebooks, on Monday showed off new Crusoe TM5700 and TM5900 chips that offer the same attributes for hardware ranging from computer terminals and blade servers to printers, copiers and consumer devices.
The company has been wooing non-PC hardware makers for some time, in an effort to expand its presence outside the PC world and boost its revenue.
Vibren Technologies, a Microsoft Windows embedded partner, will be the system integrator for customers interested in developing products based on this kit.
"Transmeta's Crusoe processor provides the combination of optimum performance and power efficiency for next-generation devices running Windows Embedded operating systems," Todd Brix, group product manager for Microsoft's embedded devices unit, said in statement.
"With the kit, developers will be able to pull together the essential elements to shorten development time, enhance the value of hardware platforms and reduce costs overall," he said.