Update: Intellectual Ventures has acquired Transmeta Patent Portfolio on Jan. 28, 2009
Santa Clara, CA – February 24, 2006 – Transmeta Corporation (NASDAQ:TMTA), the leader in efficient computing technologies, today announced that it has licensed to Toshiba Corporation, one of Japan's largest electronics companies and Japan's leader in semiconductors, Transmeta's LongRun2™ technologies for reducing power, controlling transistor leakage and improving the operating characteristics of semiconductor devices.
Transmeta's LongRun2 technologies provide semiconductor manufacturers and chip designers with innovative ways to reduce power consumption. Among the many techniques developed by Transmeta is a unique new approach to controlling transistor leakage that is simpler to implement and requires less area than prior approaches. By controlling transistor leakage with LongRun2 techniques, chips can often be operated at lower power, and yield can often be improved for chips with tight power budgets. LongRun2 can help adjust leakage dynamically to provide both for the lowest standby power and for adjustment of performance and power during chip operation.
The agreement allows Toshiba to use Transmeta's LongRun2 technologies for selected application areas in the 90 through 22 nanometer CMOS process generations.
"Toshiba was impressed with the ingenuity of Transmeta's low power approaches," said Tomotaka Saito, General Manager, Broadband System LSI Division at Toshiba's semiconductor company. "By licensing Transmeta's LongRun2 technologies, Toshiba will have additional techniques to add to our own power consumption reducing technologies to further reduce power in the semiconductor devices we provide to our customers."
"Transistor leakage power is going to be an increasing challenge as chip dimensions get smaller, and Transmeta is pleased to provide LongRun2 technologies as one of the many techniques that Toshiba will be able to provide to designers to help reduce leakage and total chip power," said David R. Ditzel, founder and CTO of Transmeta.
About Transmeta Corporation
Transmeta Corporation develops and licenses innovative computing, microprocessor and semiconductor technologies and related intellectual property. Founded in 1995, Transmeta first became known for designing, developing and selling its highly efficient x86-compatible software-based microprocessors, which deliver a balance of low power consumption, high performance, low cost and small size suited for diverse computing platforms. We also develop advanced power management technologies for controlling leakage and increasing power efficiency in semiconductor and computing devices. To learn more about Transmeta, visit www.transmeta.com.