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Transmeta: hype and processor performance


Transmeta was founded to design and develop an Intel compatiblemicroprocessor/software combination. Transmeta was founded by DavidDitzel, who was one the main computer architects of Sun Microsystem'sSPARC processor. In addition to Ditzel, Transmeta hired a number ofother 'big names'. These includedSteve Johnson who did early C compiler work at AT&T, Linus Torvalds,the original author and force behind the Linux operating system andDave Taylor, one of the key developers of the Quake computer game.Dave Taylor ported Quake to Linux. In hiring Torvalds and Taylor itappeared to some people that Transmeta was hiring for name recognitionfirst and skills that could be contributed to the company second.This is not to suggest that these individuals are not extremelytalented. But it does beg the question of whether people with thesame background and skills would have been hired if they were not wellknown in the industry.

When Transmeta was founded Intel was not concentrating heavily on themarket for processors for portable devices. The profit margins inthis market were thin, compared to what they could get in the desk topmarket. Transmeta was founded as a 'fabless' semiconductor companythat would design a processor that was faster and cheaper than theIntel processors for laptop systems. The Transmeta processor would,however, be fully compatible with the Intel processor (the so calledx86 instruction set).

Intel is infamous for suing any competitor that produces a processorthat executes a compatible instruction set. For example, they had along running suit against Advanced Micro Devices. To avoid such asuit Transmeta designed their processor to run in an environment wheresoftware translated the Intel instruction set into Transmeta processorinstructions. This is sometimes called 'on the fly' codetranslation. Despite Transmeta's claims to inventing this idea, asignificant body of work was done first at IBM.

There is an obvious problem with on-the-fly translation: instructionexecution is slowed down by going through software translation. Incontrast, instruction execution in VLSI is implemented by hardwarecomponents that attempt to make use of parallelism and pipelining. Atthe time Transmeta claimed that since their processor would be simplerthan the mind bendingly complex Pentium processors from Intel. Sincethe Transmeta processor would be simpler, the company claimed, itcould run at a higher clock rate (shorter critical paths in the CPU),offsetting the overhead of software translation. The Transmetaprocessor would also use caching so that portions of the code that hadalready been translated would not have to be translated when executedagain.

Transmeta was not able to achieve their goal of a faster, cheaperprocessor for laptop computer applications. So they repositioned theprocessor as a low power device for portable computer applications.There were problems here as well. The most lucrative market forportable devices is laptop computers. When the power consumption of alaptop is examined, only a fraction is actually consumed by theprocessor. The largest power consumers are the hard disk and thedisplay. Memory is also a significant consumer of power. For thisreason, laptop manufactures use slower, less power intensive, memory,which has a negative impact on the performance that can be deliveredby the processor. In terms of power consumption, the processor comesin around third or fourth place.

The fact that the processor is not an overriding consumer of power ina laptop means that the Transmeta processor is not likely to tempt anylaptop manufacturer to switch from Intel. The only applications leftare tablet or PDA devices, where the processor does consume asignificant fraction of the power. Transmeta has had some design winsfor PDA devices sold in Japan, but at the time of this writing, therehave been few design wins for devices sold in the United States.

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The market for low power processors for portable computing devices ishotly competitive. For over five years chip design tool companieslike Synopsys have worked to develop software tools to help designlower power chips. Intel has gone from ignoring this market toshipping low power versions of the Pentium. Both Intel and AMD havebecome very price competitive and the margins have fallen for low powerprocessors. All of this has removed any real advantage that Transmetahad. What is left is the hype. But hype will not deliver quarterlyprofits.

A WiredNews article reports that Transmeta is being sued by the usualgang (e.g., Milberg Weiss) in response to their stock tanking. Whatis interesting is that this suit claims that Transmeta was not fullyforth coming about the issues surrounding their processor in theirIPO.

In the best of times the high tech environment is risky and I tend tothink that Milberg Weiss suits are usually, as they say, 'withoutmerit'. In many cases Milberg Weiss has acted as a blackmailer,threatening long term costly litigation to force companies to settle,even when Wilberg Weiss' claims have been weak. However, in this caseMilberg's argument does not seem to be based on simple blackmail. In thefiling for the suit, Milberg writes:

The Prospectus was false and misleading because it portrayed theCompany's Crusoe technology as being able to 'simultaneously offerlong battery life, high performance and x86 compatibility.' In fact,the Company was not providing revolutionary technology, but rather,Transmeta's technology was significantly slower than comparable Inteland AMD products. Despite this fact that the Crusoe technology wasanything but 'high performance,' the Prospectus falsely stated that:

We develop and sell software-based microprocessors and developadditional hardware and software technologies that enable computermanufacturers to build computers that simultaneously offer longbattery life, high performance and x86 compatibility

Transmeta ran extensive internal benchmark tests so it seems likelythat they knew about the performance of the Transmeta processor. Theydid disclose that the processor would run some instructions slower,but they still claimed that overall performance would at least becomparable to Intel's. It would be interesting to know if theirinternal benchmarks bear this out.

The Milberg Weiss web page on this suit has moved from my originallink or been removed entirely. A summary of the filing can be foundon a Stanford Law School web page. Ihave not found any information on the current status of this suit.Perhaps Milberg Weiss has dropped it. In bringing this suit, MilbergWeiss would be under pressure to collect some money before Transmetagoes bankrupt. Since Transmeta's clock seems to be ticking fasterthan that of the court process, Milberg Weiss may simply haveconcluded that they would not make a profit.


Asynchronous Processors

Although Transmeta is built largely on hype, this does not mean thatthere are not low power approaches to higher performance processors.One of the most promising is asynchronous design. An asynchronousprocessor would not have a clock. Rather, the logic would be selftimed. An overview of this technology can be found in the TechnologyReview article It's Time for Clockless Chips

The problem with asynchronous design is that all of the design toolsthat currently exist and all of the simulation tools rely onsynchronous (clocked) design. So a great deal of work remains to bedone to make this approach practical.

The Transmeta Death Watch

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The November 5, 2001 article referenced below seems to havetriggered a Transmeta death watch. The speculation is that Transmetawill either go under or get bought by a company like VIA Technology.At the time of this writing, Transmeta does have quite a bit of moneyin the bank, so they may still have space to pull a rabbit (or morehype) out of their hat.

As this page is updated in July 2002, Transmeta's future does not lookany brighter than it did in November of 2001. Transmeta has consumedbig chunks of their cash reserve. The company announced that they arefiring about 40 percent of their staff. As the value of the Transmetahype recedes, the fact that they do not have technology that deliversany important advantage is becoming obvious to more people. Intel hasnot ceded the low power market and has been aggressively marketinglower power processors. Low power processors also exist based on theARM and MIPS instruction set architecture. Other technologies, likeasynchronous design, promise low power high performance devices in thefuture.

In November of 2002, as this article is updated, Transmeta stillsurvives, but continues to lose money. Transmeta's stock has fallenfrom its IPO open of $21 about 95% to $1.15. The company currentlyhas $150 million in cash and is burning about $20 million per quarter.According to Transmeta's current CEO, the company hopes to gainprofitability (presumably on a cash flow basis) in the later part of2003. That is, if they are not eaten by Intel first. AMD has beenstruggling against Intel with a much better product line.

The semiconductor industry is currently going through its worst downturn in history (many are referring to it as a depression). In suchan environment a buyout is less likely to save Transmeta (assumingthat there is actually something there worth buying).

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Web References

These references are ordered from newest to oldest.

  • Transmetamulls exit from processors, January 4, 2005, by Michael KanellosCnet

    The title of this article pretty much says it all. The 'Fat Lady' isabout to sing Transmeta's swan song as a chip producer. After fiveyears or so it has become clear that Transmeta is not succeedingselling chips. In fact, this article notes, Transmeta made more moneylast quarter selling intellectual property that it did no sellingchips. Sadly, Transmeta will probably become yet another company thatis laying off engineers as they downsize to fit their new businessmodel.

    For those who knew something about the processor market andTransmeta's processor architecture in particular, the company neverhad a promising business plan. The truth of this has been played outin the companies stock price.

    When Transmeta started selling their stock to the public, Transmetashares (TMTA on the NASDAQ exchange) were selling at $50 per share.They stock price is now around $1.

    The only thing that I find surprising is that it has taken a littleover three years between the time I first wrote about the 'Transmetadeathwatch' and its current state as a zombie company (still living,but largely dead).

    I am still waiting to see if my prediction of the Demise of SunMicrosystems will also come to pass.

  • Transmeta'sLow Power Chip: Efficeon by Jeffrey Burt, eWeek, August 12, 2003.

    A brief article on Transmeta's new processor, which is aimed atembedded applications, like medical devices and cash registers.

    Transmeta has survived longer than I expected. Does this mean thatyour humble author will have to eat the crow that is the meal of thosewho loudly predict events which do not come to pass?

    In the ExtremeTech article TransmetaBrands 'Astro' CPU as Efficeon (August 12, 2003), Mark Hachmanbrings up some of the same points that I have raised above:

    But analysts also pointed out that notebooks using the chip actuallyconsumed more power as a result of the large LCDs the devices used[liquid crystal displays on PDAs and tablet PCs], while Intel tried tohamstring the Crusoe by characterizing it underperforming. Althoughseveral Japanese notebook manufacturers adopted the Crusoe, Intel'slatest Pentium M and Centrino platforms worked to eliminate thelow-power advantage. To date, Transmeta also lacks wireless 802.11components

  • Transmetaclims into embedded market by Michael Kanellos, January 5, 2003

    At this point it is pretty clear that Transmeta will not be the nextIntel. Their early attempt at the laptop market never panned out.Their current move into tablet PCs is not setting the world afire. Soup next: embedded applications, where their low power chip supportingthe x86 instruction set might have an advantage.

  • Transmeta Hangs in the Balance by Lisa DiCarlo,,November 5, 2002

    I despise everything about Steve Forbes and I would not subscribe toany publication he owns. So it pains me somewhat to admit that, atleast in the case of (the on-line version of Forbesmagazine), they publish some good business journalism. This articlediscusses the continuing struggles of Transmeta. The 'balance' thatis mentioned in the title is the acceptance of the tablet PC (orPDAs). The Tablet PC (the Dynabook of Alan Kay's dreams) is beingpushed by Microsoft for tablet PCs to be manufactured byHewlett-Packard.

    Even the success of the computing tablet will not guarantee thesuccess of Transmeta. From a computer architecture point of view, theTransmeta processors have little to recommend them. There are anumber of other paths to deliver high performance and low power,including partially or fully asychronous processors. Intel is clearlytargeting this area with a new processor line.

  • Transmeta to cut200 as losses deepen,, July 18, 2002

    This article discusses Transmeta's continuing losses and a 40 percentstaff cut in an attempt to reduce the burn rate to $20 million/quarterand achieve profitability in 2003.

  • Transmeta:Are the chips down? By Michael Kanellos and Rachel Konrad,, November 5, 2001

    More on Transmeta's struggles to sell a microprocessor in the face ofrapidly developing technology at Intel and elsewhere.

    'Transmeta is not relevant,' Jerry Sanders, CEO of rival AdvancedMicro Devices, asserted in a recent conference call. 'Intel haseffectively kept them out of the marketplace.'

  • POWER5, UltraSparc IV, and Efficeon: a look at three new processors by Jon 'Hannibal' Stokes, Ars Technica

    Although this article is included out of date order, it is logicallypaired with the earlier article by Jon 'Hannibal' Stokes.I'm afraid that I've been somewhat unfair to Mr. Stokes, below.I have learned from and enjoyed his articles on processor architecture.Yes, he was taken in my the Transmeta hype in this case. However,time has 'pulled the scales from his eyes'. To quoteMr. Stokes:

    It seems like ages ago that I covered the unveiling of Transmeta'seagerly awaited Crusoe processor. At the time, I was sold on it, andhad hoped it would deliver, first on performance per watt andultimately on raw performance. I also speculated that TM had somethingelse up their sleeves besides just power efficient chips, and thatthey'd eventually make a processor aimed at the high-performanceworkstation/server market.

    Well, I turned out to be clearly wrong about the second point, andarguably wrong about the first. Now, two years later, with theannouncement of Transmeta's new Efficeon processor, the wrongness ofmy initial prediction regarding a high-performance TM CPU has beengiven further confirmation. As I've written before, it looks likeTransmeta thought that they could do the so-called 'RISC revolution'all over again by simplifying processor hardware and moving morefunctionality back into software. But though the RISC movement didindeed have a profound impact on processor design, the real advancesin processor performance have come disproportionately more fromprocess technology than from architectural voodoo. Thus TM, with theirRISC redivivus approach, was never quite able to get the kinds ofperformance gains that I and many others think they were expecting bymaking the extremely-difficult and very-risky design moves that theymade.

    If I'd have known then what I know now, I might've called itdifferently, because I think that TM bumped up against a combinationof two things: 1) a set of fundamental design constraints inherent inthe basic architecture of the stored-program computer and 2) Moore'sLaw.

    As with most of his writing, Mr. Stokes goes on to provide anexcellent analysis of the architectural issues surrounding theTransmeta chip. He concludes, as I have here, with a rather grimprognosis for Transmeta:

    We'll see how TM fares in the long run (no pun intended), but with therest of the industry focusing on latency hiding while at the same timedoing a good job of keeping up with TM in terms of MIPS/Watt, thingsdon't look good. Perhaps the upcoming 90nm version of Efficeon willgive them enough of an edge to allow them to score some much neededdesign wins.

  • Thestate of Transmeta by Jon 'Hannibal' Stokes, Ars Technica,November, 2001

    I've included the above link for 'balance', since most of the otherreferences are pretty negative concerning Transmeta. Even on SlashDot the dicussion is negative concerning Transmeta and many of the points made above havebeen made there (e.g., most of the power in a portable computingdevice is consumed by the display and disk).

    Having written this, the Ars Technica article seems to have beenwritten by a clueless student who thinks that Transmeta has way cool,way innovative technology.

    As it turns out, Transmeta simply came up with a cool name: 'CodeMorphing'. IBM published a great deal of work on 'on-the-fly'translation before Transmeta was founded. Mr. Stokes speculates thatTransmeta is going to come out with a blazingly fast workstationprocessor. There are a few problems with the speculation: Stokesadmits that Transmeta was unable to realize their performance goals.There is no reason to assume that a processor with the extra level ofinterpretation of Transmeta's Crusoe will even beat a processor likethe IA-64 or the AMD processor line. Mr. Stokes needs to studycomputer architecture. If he had, he would know that even the Pentiumprocessors are highly parallel internally. The 'Code Morphing' toVLIW instruction set is doing something similar to Intel (or AMD's)instruction decode and scheduling. However, Transmeta is doing it insoftware.

  • Transmetadumps latest CEO,, October 16, 2001

    After seven months, Transmeta fired their new CEO, apparently as aresult of delays in producing a new chip.

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Ian Kaplan, June 2001
Revised: January 2005

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